(September 9, 2015)
I have always assumed that those who were marked with the mark of the beast were the most wicked of the wicked and willingly chose to fight against the Lamb of God. But the language here doesn’t support that assumption – in fact, it contradicts it. We read here that those with the mark of the beast were deceived, which is a frightening thought.
Our powers of self-deception are massive and dangerous. We can think ourselves righteous even when we are doing the most horrible things. It is only through constant effort and prayers that we can keep ourselves on the right track (aided by the scriptures acting as an iron rod to keep us from convincing ourselves we are on the strait and narrow path long after we have gone astray).