FiveSixSix: What is the Mark of the Beast?
No Christian wants to take the mark of the beast, but with all the theories of who the antichrist is, and what the mark of the beast is, how can we be sure that we don’t take it by innocent error?
There are only two groups of people in the last days: 1) those who worship the beast (Revelation 13:8), and 2) those who worship God (Revelation 14:7). The real issue boils down to worship. Another way of classifying these two groups are those who receive the seal of God in their forehead (Revelation 7:2-3), and those who receive the mark of the beast in the forehead or hand (Revelation 14:9). The seal or mark is just the indication of which of the two groups we are in, of who we are worshipping.
Several verses give hints to the word “seal”. I Kings 21:8 and Esther 8:8 refer to the seal of the king, which was his ring or signet that he would imprint to show something was from him. The seal would identify the title and territory, and we still do this today. For example, the Seal of the President of the United States has the title (President) and territory (United States). Isaiah 8:16 says to “seal the law among my disciples” so perhaps we should look to God’s law to find God’s seal. There is only one of his Ten Commandments that has his “seal”: the fourth (Remember the Sabbath) in Exodus 20:8-11. It has his title (Creator) and territory (heaven, earth, and sea).
Next let’s look up the word “mark.” In Revelation, the word mark appears several times, always referring to the mark of the beast. In Ezekiel 9:4-7 there is a mark of God, and all who did not have it were slain, just like in Revelation, all who do not have God’s mark, or seal, are slain. Those in Ezekiel with the mark were those who repented of all the sin taking place in Jerusalem. Those who mourned sin (defined as the transgression of the law – 1 John 3:4) received God’s mark and were saved. So here the mark was given to those who loved the law of God.
The seal of God is in the forehead (the mind, belief), and the mark of the beast can be in the forehead or in the hand (going along with it even if you don’t necessarily believe it). We find that all of the words of God were to be “a sign…as frontlets between thine eyes” (Deuteronomy 6:8 and 11:18). The Hebrew word translated as “sign” is Strong’s 226. This same word is also translated as “mark” in Genesis 4:15. So we could say that God’s words (his law) were as a sign, or mark, in the forehead. Another use of the word “sign”: Exodus 31:13-17 refers to the fourth commandment as a sign of the perpetual covenant between God and his people throughout our generations.
So here is what we have seen: 1) the real end time issue comes down to who we worship, God or the beast, 2) we ALL receive a seal, sign, or mark, either from God or from the beast, 3) a seal contains the title and territory of the ruler, 4) the fourth commandment contains the seal of God (title and territory), 5) God said to “seal the law” in Isaiah 8:16, so the seal and law are again linked, 6) the fourth commandment is called a “sign”, which could also have been translated “mark”, 7) the mark of God was tied to his law in Ezekiel, 8) the law was a mark at the forehead, and 9) the commandment that contains the seal of God deals with when we worship. See how all of this is tied together?
If you want to avoid the mark of the beast, perhaps you should take a closer look at the fourth commandment. There is plenty of evidence to show that in the last days, the Sabbath could be the very issue that distinguishes those who worship God from those who worship the beast.
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