Will you accept the Mark of the beast? Without it, you won’t be able to buy or sell. With it, you’ll suffer the plagues of Revelation. What should you do?
It seems that no subject has intrigued and baffled people more than this mysterious Mark spoken of in the book or Revelation. Many books have been written and many sermons have been preached about this subject. Scholars and theologians have offered many different ideas about it.
Some suggest it is a microchip implanted in one’s forehead or an invisible mark or a visible Mark. Some even think it could be one’s credit card or debit card.
But what does the Bible reveal about this puzzling mark?
The key passage reads: “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or number of his name. -Revelation 13:16-17-
Verse 18 identifies the related “number of the beast” as 666.
If one does not have one of these identifying signs, he or she will not be able to legally transact business. This person will find it difficult to earn a living, to hold a job or to run a business.
What Or Who Is The Beast Of Revelation?
John, the one God chose to write down the book of Revelation, saw a vision of the future. Here is what he wrote concerning the beast:
“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. -Revelation 13:1-2-
If you are not a follower of God, this sounds unreal or from a science fiction novel. Before I was saved this is exactly what I thought. As a follower of God. I’ve have seen many things that have come to pass from reading the God’s word.
To understand what or who this beast in the book of Revelation is, we need to begin in Daniel 7:1-8, where we find imagery of four animals, representing the first great historical empires. These were a Lion (Babylon), a bear (Persia), a leopard (Greece) and the fourth beast (Rome).
It is the forth beast described by Daniel and recorded by John that would have “ten horns” and receive a “deadly wound” before rising again before the end of this age. -Daniel 7:7-8-; Revelation 13:3- This empire is the “beast” of the book of Revelation.
It should be noted that the human leader of this revived empire is also referred to as “the beast” -Revelation 19:20- The mark of the best is the mark or identifying sign if this empire.
The book of Revelation explains that the dragon gives the beast its power and authority. This dragon is Satan the devil (Revelation 12:9-; Revelation 20:2) uses this beast to rule and deceive the world.
A Second Beast Causes People To Receive The Mark Of The Beast.
Now let’s turn or attention to the word “he” in Revelation 13:16. The passage says, “He causes all… to receive a mark.” Who is “he”? Verse 11 says, “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.”
These characteristics indicate a false leader who “causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast.” -verse 12- This second beast is called the “false prophet.” -Revelation 19:20- This mark or sign represents a final revival of the Roman Empire at the time of the end. The religious leader that supports the beast “causes” people to accept it.
The mark of the beast represents disobedience to God.
The mark of the beast will separate people into two groups. One will except the mark and the other group will reject it.
John writes, “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on their forehead or on their right hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which will be poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” -Revelation 14:9-10-
This shows great suffering will come on those who receive this mark of the beast.
In verse 12 we seethe group of people who do not receive this mark. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and faith in Jesus.” This is speaking of the saints of God-all those who are obedient and faithful followers of Jesus.
Throughout the Bible obeying God is a mark or sign of those who are God’s.
The book of Revelation says that those who receive the mark will be subject to the last seven plagues, while the obedient saints are described as having attained “victory over the beast.” -Revelation 15:2- These faithful people will be given eternal life and reign with Christ at his second coming.
It should be noted that there is one commandment of God that is often closely connected to one’s ability to do business and that identifies God’s people. Of God’s 10 Commandments, the forth Commandment is the one most likely to affect one’s ability to work, earn a living and do business.
The command says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.” -Exodus 20:8-10-
Most people think it doesn’t make any difference what day one observes, but it does to God. In this age, it takes the “faith of Jesus” to avoid working on the Sabbath and keep it holy.
The Sabbath is called a “sign” between God and His people in the Bible. -Exodus 31:13, 17; Ezekiel 20:12- It identifies God’s people as being sanctified or set apart by God.
Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath. -Mark 2:27-28- The Sabbath today is still a commandment and an identifying sign of God’s people.