Can you imagine such a scene? People, young and old, forcibly getting their foreheads marked, in the name of evil? We are told that it is part of the plan in the Book of Revelation, yet it is hard for us to even imagine an innocent child being branded in this way.
The whole notion of this type of marking of the forehead in the name of the Anti Christ is disturbing and frightening at the very least. We know that it is part of Satan’s plan to enforce the marking of people’s foreheads, as it has been shown to us in the Book of Revelation.
Why the forehead?
Satan uses imagery, ideas and truths from our Christian faith and twists them to his liking to trap us and to prevent us from following Christ. The mark on the forehead is not something new to Christians. It was used by God in the Old Testament to mark his believers during a turbulent time in Jerusalem.
And the Lord said to him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it. Ezekiel 9:4
Many Christian churches anoint their people with oil making the mark of the Cross, and marking their foreheads with ash on Ash Wednesday. This practice protects, commemorates, marks, and celebrates the fact that the person bearing this mark is a follower of Christ, a child of God and someone who is a part of His Kingdom, forgiven and saved.
Then Satan comes and uses this very practice, twisting and contorting it.
Also he compels all alike, both small and great, both the rich and the poor, both free and slave, to be marked with an inscription stamped on their right hands or on their foreheads, Rev 13:16
We all want to be marked on our foreheads only with the mark of God. It is the second marking, the one by Satan that we must never yield to.
An excellent post about this marking can be found at the Cross and the Cutlass.
How can our children and grandchildren understand this, when they are exposed to fiction that encourages this Satanic marking? I am not a fanatic. I enjoy literature and I believe that God gave us imagination and a talent to express it in many ways, including writing. I feel that reading books is necessary to broaden one’s perspective, enhance the imagination and to increase one’s knowledge . How can one attain eloquence without the proper exposure to properly spoken and written language which expresses depth and ideas? But as edifying as many books can be, some books on the contrary can seem quite harmless at a glance but in essence they are quite toxic or even dangerous.
However, it goes without saying that we cannot allow children’s literature to escape our attention. I am not advocating a witch hunt approach, that makes things worse. If a society begins banning books, it makes them all the more desirable. My opinion though is that parents, grandparents, churches, bible study groups, Sunday schools or whatever other group has access to children in this vulnerable time should make it a point to address the children about the presence of quite dangerous concepts that exist in some of the books, games, and entertainment that are popular in society.
Children need to be made aware that some works of fiction actually carry poisonous examples that are rooted in evil. One possible way to handle the Harry Potter issue and its evil allegory is to have the child read the Chronicles of Narnia. This way a parent can show the child how fantasy can be allegorical of either good or evil.
Do children like to hear about awesome creatures and extraordinary events? Read to them Ezekiel 10 about the Whirl Wheels. Show them that the extraordinary and awesome do not have to be evil, or fighting for evil. The strongest, fiercest and most awe-inspiring beings are working for God to destroy evil, such as, but not limited to, the whirling wheels with eyes in Ezekiel.
Here is an article I found that discusses the Harry Potter issue in detail that I thought is valuable for parents of children who have read Harry Potter books pointing out the symbolism and the allegory that is potentially quite dangerous. The danger lies in the very quiet fact that it allows for a generation of children and young adults to be even more comfortable with accepting things which we know from the Book of Revelations to be Satanic Strategies used during the Anti Christ’s reign.
Forewarned is always forearmed.