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Will we know the mark of the beast (666) when we see it or will it be an invisible mark that can only be seen by supernatural beings and God? Today’s article was inspired by a comment that I received:
“The mark of the beast will be invisible to us, only to be seen by the supernatural. The mark in your forehead is your decision, choice, allegiance (active sinner or repentant) and the mark in your hand is your works, how you live your life. (sinning or seeking forgivness) The devil will know who has his mark and Father will know who has his. Ezekiel 20:12. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. What are the Sabbaths you may ask ? – Truthy1
What Is The Purpose of The Mark?
Let me start by saying that I’m not a fan of trying to make everything in the Bible allegorical because more often than not it strips the original context from the subject. Lets look at what the Bible says about the mark:
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” – Revelation 13:17
If the mark is simply choices, allegiances, or decisions, there is no way that could stop us from buying or selling anything. Unless supernatural beings plan to man every cash register in the world, according to the logic of the comment. No human would be able to see it, and therefore commerce would continue as usual. An invisible mark would defeat its own purpose.
The Pattern of Scripture
Scripture is full of patterns that remain consistent throughout. We know that one of Satan’s ambitions is “to be like the Most High.” That being the case, the logical place to start would be looking at God’s mark.
The point of Cain’s mark was so that nobody would kill him. This mark wasn’t invisible. Next, lets look at the mark placed on people during Ezekiel’s day.
“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” – Ezekiel 9:4
If we read the entire chapter for context, the men had ink horns, which would indeed leave a physical mark. It was God that commanded this mark to be placed on those that were to be spared from death. Finally, lets look at the mark that God tells the angels to place on humans during the last days.
“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” – 7:3
Once again, we see a mark placed on people that will be spared from the coming destruction. The pattern is that God places His mark on people He wants to protect from destruction, so it would make sense that Satan would want to do the same.
To be fair, we aren’t told if the seal of God is physical or not, unless we look at the Strong’s and get the Greek meaning:
Sphragizo (seal): properly, to seal (affix) with a signet ring or other instrument to stamp (a roller or seal), i.e. to attest ownership, authorizing (validating) what is sealed.
The Summary of God’s Mark
- Not Based On Works
It does seem as though the seal of God is consistently physical, so lets look at the mark of the beast to see if we can gather any additional information about it being physical or invisible.
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The Truth About Mark of The Beast
The truth is that the mark of the beast isn’t complicated. If Satan is copying God, then we know it will be visible, will serve as protection for Satan’s chosen, and won’t be based on works. Let’s see if scripture supports this.
It Is Visible
What we find when we look at the Greek word, is that the mark of the beast is indeed a visible, physical, mark.
Charagma (mark): properly, an engraving (etching); (figuratively) a mark providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties.
Those that choose to accept the mark will know who is on which side. There will be no confusion or guesswork going on. I’ll come back to this point at the end.
Like God, Satan mimics the protection purpose of the mark. Those that accept the mark of the beast will not be put to death by the Beast. In addition, those that do not accept the mark will have a hard time getting the provisions they need to live. If this thought seems incomplete, don’t worry, I’m going to come back to this too.
Not Based On Works
Finally, we see that EVERYONE has the option of getting the mark, regardless of their works. It is a conscious personal choice that everyone living during that time will have to make.
“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 13:16
In addition to the above verse letting us know that option is available to everyone, we have the following verses that tell us that people have the option to refuse the mark.
“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, 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:” – Revelation 14:9-10
The Bible is clearly saying that this mark should not be accepted or there will be consequences. This is not possible if the mark is something as simple and obscure as “works”.
The Nail In The Coffin
Many of the questions surrounding the Mark of The Beast can be put to rest by reading what’s on the page in its entirety. It is the Beast that CAUSES mankind to receive the mark, which means that it has nothing to do with what days people choose to worship, what beliefs they hold, or anything else of that nature.
A follower of Christ would have the choice to take the mark while a Buddhist may choose to refuse the mark. It’s going to come down to the individual to decide what to do.
- The idea that we can accept the physical mark and still be saved is false.
- The idea that the mark is based on what day of the week we go to church is false.
- The idea that the mark is based on works is false.
The explanation of the mark being “works” is nothing more than a watering down of the supernatural. In fact, the Bible tells us outright that works have nothing to do with whether or not we are saved (Ephesians 2:8), and those that take the mark will not be saved (Revelation 14:9-10). So again, the mark cannot and does not refer to works.
Based on the word origin, we know that the mark is physical and meant to distinguish between those on the side of God and those on the side of the Beast. An invisible mark based on works wouldn’t accomplish that here on earth.
Our works will not stop us from buying or selling, and our works will not ensure our entry into heaven. In my opinion, those that try to dumb down the mark into allegory, are doing a great disservice to the body of Christ. There are false teachers such as Arnold Murray, that have even gone as far as to tell Christians that they can accept the mark of the beast. This is a deception, and we should call out deception whenever we see it.
“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.” – Revelation 14:11
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