The guillotine was a device used by the Global Community to enforce the law instituted by Nicolae Carpathia during the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation for people to either take the "mark of loyalty" or lose their lives through beheading. It was known as a "loyalty enforcement facilitator" -- a term which Chloe Williams in the Dramatic Audio presentation of "The Mark" mockingly calls "the new symbol of peace and tolerance". It was first used on prisoners and then eventually used with the general public. Christians, who were sealed by God during this time, would by the grace of God reject the mark and accept martyrdom when pressed to make the decision in the Left Behind books.

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