Ted Malloch: Beware of the Mark of the Beast, Beware of the “Multi”
In the final, revelatory book of the Bible, we are told to beware the “mark of the beast”, i.e., the devil or Satan himself. The number 666 notes it.
“And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.2And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority.”
What John, writing on the island of Patmos sees, are the beasts already foretold in the Old Testament Book of Daniel, representing a great empire — Rome – an uncivil, inhumane and debauched place not supportive of its citizenry, who turn their backs on God and worship the devil. It is depicted as akin to a ferocious and devastating beast from the sea that eats all in its path.
Today, we have a new, modern ‘mark’ to beware: it is anything and everything with the prefix — “Multi.”
Let me explain.
Multi is the shortened form of the word multiple but it often spells pure evil and the opposite of the good or godly. Here are five vivid examples to illustrate the point.
Multicultural constitutes several cultural or ethnic groups within a given society. As a political philosophy it leads to identity politics and the politics of recognition and its twin, affirmative action. It abandons the unity of a polity and dissembles its subgroups to the end of internal conflict. It is presently leading to the death of Europe.
Including several countries or nationalities, particularly MNCs, multinational corporations, in worldwide enterprises that shed responsibility and taxation in any one or home country by seeking to be transnational, above the law or liability.
In International Relations, multilateral refers to alliances and détente among many countries pursuing a common goal or set of policies. This is in contrast to bilateral, relations between two sovereign countries. It is anti-sovereign in orientation and concludes in a movement to one world government and/or surpanationalism.
This describes a system that does several things or has many different uses, designs, teams, devices, or products. Multifunctionalism has led to the diminution of responsibility, complexity of life and in social thought to the bureaucratization of policy in an administrative state.
Following the dictates and dogmas of many religions or none, multireligious tends to the eradication of religion altogether or a coalescing around some common global denominators such as humanism or ethics.
In this secular era of post-Christianity it is unpopular to speak of the devil or anything even remotely aligned with the forces of spiritual darkness.
But it is absolutely necessary.
Spiritual darkness is the state of a person or a culture living apart from God. We used to refer to it as apostasy, the willful turning away from the creator, in rebellion.
The prophetic Old Testament book of Isaiah, in prophesying of the Messiah, spoke of a deep spiritual darkness that enveloped the people:
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2).
This passage reappears in the New Testament, (in Matthew 4:16) to announce that those who have come to know the God of Israel through His Son Jesus Christ are the ones who have been delivered from spiritual darkness and now walk in the light of God’s life.
We need to beware the Multi and decry all that bears its’ mark.
The President realizes this and that is why he has the nearly total support of the entire devout Christian and Evangelical community, in America and around the world. It is why Jewish faithful are turning to him.
It would behoove all people to recognize spiritual darkness, in its varied and myriad forms.