I should begin with the very new idea that the “mark of the beast” is a bar-code or bio-metric chip or some other new form of technology that will be forced upon people. The easiest refutation is simple reason. We find from scripture the purpose of the mark and it does not conform with the above. The mark is not for the purpose of identifying the individual but for the individual being identified WITH the beast. It has been popular to see the bar-codes or chips as the mark because of the line about buying and selling. But we do need to take a closer look at what the Bible says about the mark.
Seven verses in Revelation mention the “mark”
Rev 13:16-17 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Rev 14:9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Rev 16:2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
Rev 19:20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.
Rev 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years
These verses identify that the mark is HIS, the beast’s, mark. This immediately rules out a bar-code or a chip system which identifies the individuals because that would be the mark of Micah for me, the mark of Bob for him, the mark of Jessica for her etc. etc. you get my point.
Secondly it is linked to Worship of the beast. This is something that is a willful decision done by those who will be wearing the “mark.” You cannot be tricked into wearing the mark and somehow lose any hope of salvation. I should be clear here people WILL be deceived about the nature of the mark and the beast. Taking the mark however won’t be a tricky oh we gotcha. It is a choice linked to worshiping the beast and/or the image. The way many will be deceived into this appears to be through the false prophet who works miracles. (Rev 19:20)
Next we should just be clear about what the word mark means. This word in the Greek is χάραγμα (khar’-ag-mah). It is defined in Strong’s Concordance as “a scratch or etching, that is, stamp (as a badge of servitude), or sculptured figure (statue): – graven, mark.” It is only used once outside of the book of Revelation and that usage is the second form describing a graven idol in Acts 17:29.
To summarize, the “mark” of the beast is a mark that will be the same identical mark for everyone not an individualized mark and it will be willfully taken by those who worship the beast.
I have more views on what the mark will actually be but it gets into conjecture and my purpose is too keep this strictly with the biblical evidences. This principle I think is key when speaking about eschatological facts verses our opinions and views. Remember Acts 17:11 and don’t just take my word for it. Receive what I have said with an open mind and search the scriptures to prove these things!
I hope you’ve had a wonderful Easter Sunday!
A comment on WND’s website about Joel Osteen’s teaching says it all. Their story quoting an Equirerer Article alleging a financial scandal drew a number of comments. Aside from the story, the comment I found most interesting is from TXPatriot – Frank M •
“From the multitude of responses which people have posted relative to this article, the issue with Osteen has little to nothing to do with fundraising in his church. At issue is the half-baked gospel message he touts, which has led many to believe that the God of the Universe can be deployed as their own supernatural bell-hop…ring the prayer bell, and He shows up with all the health and wealth you could ever desire. That’s just malarkey!”
His post was discerning. Good point TXPatriot
“The Law of Moses Binds Only the Jews and Not the Gentiles. Here the Law of Moses has its place. It is no longer binding on us because it was given only to the people of Israel. And Israel accepted this law for itself and its descendants, while the Gentiles were excluded.”
“Moses has nothing to do with us. If I were to accept Moses in one commandment, I would have to accept the entire Moses.” “We will not regard him as our lawgiver – unless he agrees with both the New Testament and the natural law.”
“For not one little period in Moses pertains to us.” “But the other commandments of Moses, which are not by nature, the Gentiles do not hold. Nor do these pertain to the Gentiles, such as the TITHE and others equally fine which I wish we had too.”
August 27, 1525
How Christians Should Regard Moses
CHRIST’S POVERTY, OUR RICHES
APRIL 18, 1880, SERMON 2716
“But you are not under a system similar to that by which the Jews were obliged to pay tithes to the priests. If there were any such rule laid down in the Gospel, it would destroy the beauty of spontaneous giving and take away all the bloom from the fruit of your liberality! There is no law to tell me what I should give my father on his birthday. There is no rule laid down in any law book to decide what present a husband should give to his wife, nor what token of affection we should bestow upon others whom we love. No, the gift must be a free one, or it has lost all its sweetness.”
What could be better than His Grace…?
Communio Sanctorum is an outstanding resource, a podcast produced by Lance Ralston.
From his website Santorum.us he says “Communio Sanctorum is Latin for “The Communion of Saints.” This site is the blog companion for the podcast Communio Sanctorum, a weekly podcast on the History of the Christian Church.
Church History can be a complex and confusing subject with endless lists of names, dates, and issues. The podcast is an attempt to give believers a popular and non-academic review of church history in a manageable format with episodes that are under a half hour.
While the Latin phrase Communio Sanctorum has been in use for centuries, the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s dissertation was titled Sanctorum Communio. Written at the age of only 21, the book is a monumental tome describing Bonhoeffer’s ideas on the work of the Spirit in the Church building a community of the redeemed.”
If you love learning and would like to know more about the history of the Christian Church this is a wonderful resource you’ll no doubt greatly enjoy.