My initial thought is 'no'. Don't get me wrong, I have no intention of flirting with disaster, just want to make sense of some things.
Where it speaks of judgment being carried out it always says it like this: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand..." . If the mark alone was enough to "send someone to hell" then why add the worship clause? Using the "and" conjunction indicates that both must be in play. I see "receiving the mark" as the first act of worship which is followed by continued worship (complying with the mandates of the image). Can someone realize at some point, say when things really go south, that they've made a bad decision and repent. I think so, but I'm not sure. I think it might part of what the 144,000 do, bear witness and call to repentance.
Also, I think the decision to receive the mark or not will be made by everyone in just a couple months or so. Why not just kill them all then? I think the reason is that the judgments of the seventh seal gets progressively worse to try and convince people of their bad decision. The great majority, though, will not see through the deception and will remain stiff-necked in their rebellion. But might some repent as a result? Maybe, but very, very few, kind of like God's searching for that last gold coin or two.
Another reason why I think you will be able to repent after receiving the mark is in Acts 2:
"And I will grant wonders in the sky above
And signs on the earth below,
Blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke.
The sun will be turned into darkness
And the moon into blood,
Before the great and glorious day of the Lord shall come.
And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
I don't see any exception for those who have received the mark in there. Again, the vast majority won't repent, but why make that statement if it weren't possible?
Edited by OneLight, 07 August 2014 - 06:30 PM.
Made the thread "G" rated. Remember, we have children reading these threads.