(Rev. 12) “9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brothers is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their souls to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.”
Isn’t it a stupid decision not to accept 666 to not be killed by the Antichrist in order to resist him in his kingdom? After all our salvation does not depend on our deeds, so we cannot be cast to the hell because of putting 666 on our mortal body.
But if we act accordingly the faith, we may choose to kill ourselves by rejecting 666. The reasons in my opinion are as follows:
- The kingdom of the devil is coming. A man cannot resist the devil. (He deceives the whole world, not “tries to deceive”, he can deceive everyone in the world.) When the devil will be on the Earth he could simply control our brains and make us to do everything he wishes. It’s better to die than to start serve him with entire heart. There are certain spiritual mysteries in us, we are better to hide them by dying.
- True believers love God rather than our own souls. We don’t want to do good to ourselves or save our souls (verse 11). If we don’t want this, then there is no reason to live, it is easy to agree to be killed. The time of salvation is out and we won’t be able to do on the Earth anything for the heavens. (It is like English “have overcome him” wht means that the war is finished, no more reason to live.) If we can do nothing, then there is no reason to live anymore. It is not said “hated their souls to the death” but “not loved their souls to the death”, this is passive indifference not active choice.