The Mark of the Beast

Posted: April 20, 2012 in Christian Living
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The subject of Revelation and the “Mark of the Beast” is one of the most often discussed subjects in the entire Bible among Christians today. There are many varying opinions as to what this “mark” is.  Most limit the definition to the last days and promote it as being some sort of literal or visible mark, logo, stamp, implant, or identity chip. The understanding that many will be deceived and take the mark should take the heart of God into account.

Rarely do those defining the mark derive their understanding solely from Scripture, even though it is easily obtained without ever having to leave the pages of the Bible.

Revelation 13:16 (KJV)

    16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Revelation 14:9-11 (KJV)

    9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Instead, they prefer to theorize about all manner of exciting scenarios that are defined beyond the safe boundaries of the pure truth of God’s eternal instructions.

I first came upon the obvious truth some years ago during my personal reading of God’s Written Torah (Genesis – Deuteronomy) and was shocked at how such an easily recognized truth could go unnoticed by Christian leaders.  Or, perhaps it isn’t unnoticed.  Perhaps it is noticed by Christian leaders and they have purposely confused the issue by sowing deceptive teachings with the hope that the real truth will not be discovered.

First, let us forget the mark of the beast for a moment and remember the direct opposite, the mark of the Lord. The only thing that matters is that followers of Messiah would never take the mark. They cannot because they are already marked by the Lord just as the followers of the beast are marked for him. Those that are Messiah’s are marked for Him showing that they are His and His alone.

Exodus 13:9 (NASB)

    9 And it shall serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.

Exodus 13:16 (NRSV)

    16 It shall serve as a sign on your hand and as an emblem on your forehead that by strength of hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.

Most Christians are not even aware of the verses above since they rarely or never read the Torah or the Tanakh (Old Testament), which Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and ALL of his followers considered to be THE Holy Scriptures!  They rarely read it because they have been deceived into believing that study of the Old Testament is unnecessary or “legalistic”.

Second, I don’t believe for a moment that this mark is a physical one. Otherwise we will have to have microchips, tattoos, or something else that all can see that we are Messiah’s. In the mind of God, no mark is needed since He knows who are His. It is a matter of the heart, which only God knows. We were marked the moment we accepted Yeshua as our Lord and Savior. There is no physical mark necessary because an outward physical sign is irrelevant; it is the heart that is important. It is based on faith, not an outward sign. Since all Christians understand this, why is it that the opposite, (the mark of the beast) now has to be a physical one when it is one also of the heart?

The Hebrew word rendered “sign” is presented by the Strong’s Lexicon to be a sign, a distinguishing mark, an omen, a token, etc.  The root word from which it derives implies “to consent” or “to agree.” This is almost certainly the word John considered when he penned Revelation, since John was a Hebrew man that spoke Hebrew as his native tongue and lived, thought, and wrote entirely from his Hebraic world view.  So, the word used in Revelation and Exodus mean exactly the same thing! The word translated as “mark” in Revelation and “sign” in the Old Testament are the same word that has simply been written in the separate languages of Hebrew and Greek and translated into English.

Deuteronomy 6:8 (NRSV)

    8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead,

Deuteronomy 11:18 (NRSV)

    18 You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead.

Even though I believe that both marks are not physical but a faith issue, let me take the rapturist futuristic point of view. Even if the mark is physical (for the sake of argument) it cannot be an outright deception because the mark is something that is an outright rejection of the Lord. Let me explain. If the mark of the beast in the future is in the form of a credit card or microchip, the fact that it would be used simply to purchase or sell is NOT an outright rejection of the Lord. Even if it was given by Satan himself, the fact that someone takes something to buy food and such is NOT by itself rejecting Jesus Christ. The only way to reject the Lord is to make a conscious choice to accept one, (The flesh and the Devil) and reject another. (God and Messiah)

Revelation 14:9-10 (KJV)

    9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God…

We must remember God’s heart. Someone taking simply a Visa card to buy food regardless of who gives it does not damn one’s soul. Only the outright rejection of Messiah’s glorious work on the Cross does. What about babies that will be born during that time and doctors are forced to implant a microchip in them? What does it say about God’s heart if someone before Judgment does not know they took the mark of the beast but thought it was simply a way of buying or selling? I don’t believe that God would condemn someone for that.

To take the mark of the beast means that the person knows exactly what they are doing — rejecting Yeshua the Messiah. It is a proclamation to the world that they belong to the beast and reject the Lord. That is the only thing that will condemn a person’s soul. Rejecting the Lord is putting faith in anything or anyone other than Him.

The mark alone does not condemn one’s soul, only the rejection of Yeshua the Messiah leads to this, not accepting a physical mark to buy or sell. With that being said, no believer would take it because they would never bow before anyone but the Lord their God. We all sin, but we know the only one who can forgive sin and reigns forever and ever.

In conclusion, all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. One’s eschatology is not a salvation issue. When all is said and done, it comes down to: Do you belong to Messiah or not? Not if or when will the rapture happen, or who is the anti-Christ, etc. If you love the Lord your God with all your heart you are marked for Him. If you do not, you are marked for Satan. It is a mark of the heart, nothing more. Salvation is the greatest gift in the world. It is only determined by if you accept Yeshua as Lord. Nothing else matters.

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