What is the mark of the beast?

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!