The Mark of the Beast from a Biblical perspective
There was a time they thought the mark of the beast was a brand, like on cattle. Then they thought it was a tattoo. Some supposed it might be your Social Security Number, others a credit card. Now some think it is a computer chip. But what does the word of God say?
Revelation 13: 16 And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
First let me preface with the thought that every true doctrine of scripture can find its root in Genesis and it harvest in Revelation. These are the two most important books in the Bible because they anchor every single idea. If we cannot find the root in Genesis and the fruit in Revelation, then there is something wrong with our idea and we must go back and start over.
As such the “mark of the beast” must also be found in both Genesis and Revelation.
Next we have to understand that only the Lord God can create. The Bible calls him “the” great creator, not “a” great creator. So if only the Lord can create, then everything that the devil has must be a perversion of something that the Lord God had already created. For example a lie is simply a perversion of the truth. Adultery is a perversion of a righteous act between a man and his wife. Theft is a perversion of righteous ownership. Sickness is a perversion of health and death merely a perversion of life.
The “mark of the beast’ must therefore be a perversion of a mark or seal that God first created. To understand the mark of the beast, we must first find the mark of the Lord.
Ezekiel 9: 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; 4 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.
Here we see the angel of the Lord passing through the city of believers and marking them upon their foreheads. Notice the devil’s mark is on the forehead too for he must copy God, but in a perverted manner.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Let us immediately dispense with the idea that “sealed” and “mark” are different. The original Greek word that we translated into sealed is “sphragizo” which means “to put a mark on an object to show possession, authority, identity, or security” (Strong’s Strongest Concordance). The “seal” of God is the “Mark” of the Lord to show possession by the Holy Spirit. This is why the Bible says in
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
The Seal of the Lord is the “Mark of God” which shows the owner ship and possession of the Lord upon us.
The “Mark of the Beast” therefore shows the ownership of Satan upon people as well.
Romans 6: 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Here I have to get into the meat. This will be hard from some to take, but it is the Word of God. We are all owned. We all have a master. We are all servants (Doulos [Greek] slaves) to a spiritual master. That master lives in our hearts. We now can easily identify who our master is; our master is the one we yield ourselves to obey. If we are yielded to the Word of God, then the Lord is our master. If we are yielded to the world, to the flesh, to sin, then Satan is our master, and we are his willing slaves.
The Bible tells us what that seal of God is. We are sealed, marked, with the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the seal, or mark, of the Lord God. Here is a second scripture to cement that idea.
Ephesians 1: 3 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Now that we understand what the “Mark of God” is, let us look at how it is applied.
Acts 2: 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The pillar of fire came into their presence split apart and rested upon the foreheads of all that were present. The Lord God sealed them by placing his mark, the “Mark of the Lord God” upon the foreheads of the people. Remember in Ezekiel he sent the angel to mark them upon their foreheads as well. And now when we look into Revelation we see the “mark of the beast” upon the forehead, we understand why. Let us take one more scripture to seal this idea for us.
Revelation 7: 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
There should be no doubt now. The “Mark of the Lord” is the sealing of the person with the Holy Spirit, which signifies the ownership of the Lord upon them. It seals the man/woman as the servant of the Lord God. It is the token, the redemption, the pledge of God to redeem his own. It is important here to tell you how to get that seal. Verily I would be remiss in my duties as a human being if I failed.
Acts 2: 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
The one and only prescription given in the Bible for us to receive the “Mark of God”, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Surely you are thinking infant baptism, sprinkling, baptism in titles, all equate. To man they may, but not to the Lord God. He gave us a specific command. If we yield ourselves to obey that command, then we will receive the Holy Spirit. If we yield to another voice, then we do not belong to the Lord.
Acts 19: 1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
In this verse we see Apollos, a man that the Bible called a “mighty preacher”, was not sealed. When the apostle and prophet Paul met him, he determined that Apollos was not properly baptized. Apollos had not come through the provided way. So Paul told Apollos of the only accepted baptism, of the direct command of the Lord, and Apollos obeyed and was then immediately sealed with the Holy Spirit.
Apollos believed. He was living a clean life. He was baptized, just not according to the prescribed method in the Bible. He was baptized by John the Baptist, yet even that did not count. He was preaching the gospel. He was turning souls to Christ. Yet he was not sealed and he did not yet have remission of sins. He had not entered into the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. He did not have the “Mark of God” upon his forehead. Apollos was a good and righteous man, a church going believer, and even a pastor of a church, yet the Lord could not render unto him the baptism of the Holy Spirit until he obeyed the command of God concerning it. Now if the Lord held a man like Apollos to that standard, he must also hold us to it or he is a hypocrite.
If you or I have not repented and been baptized in accordance with scriptures by full immersion in water in the name of Jesus Christ, then we must do it in order to obtain the seal of the Lord God. If we reject it, then we are not yielding to the Lord, we are yielding to the other guy. The Lord has given us an example to follow. We will either yield ourselves to obey the Word of the Lord and be his servants, or we will reject the Word of God in favour of our dogmas, traditions and creeds and be servants of the devil. It’s a hard word, but true.
We have determined that the “Mark of God” is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that it is preceded by full repentance and water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ. We have also seen that the devil cannot create and that everything he has is a perversion of something that the Lord God created. So now let us look at what the “mark of the beast” must be. It is a perversion of the “Mark of God”, it is on the forehead, or (perversion) on the hand. And it must be found in Genesis.
Genesis 4: 15 And the Lord said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 16 And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
The first mark of the beast occurred in Eden. Cain received a mark and immediately went out from the presence of the Lord. He was sealed. There was no more mercy, no more grace for him at that point. The “mark of the beast” is the rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the rejection of the Holy Spirit. The “mark of the beast” seals us out from mercy, from grace, from the blood of Jesus Christ. It seals our doom.
Let us look at this taking into account what we read in Romans. There used to be a celebration every 50 years called Jubilee. At Jubilee the trumpet was sounded and any slave who heard the sound could walk free. If, however, the slave decided that the preferred his master, he was taken to the gate of the city and his ear pierced with and awl and he was a slave forever. Now you see why Christians are so against ear piercing? It is a covenant of slavery.
Exodus 21: 5 And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: 6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.
Now put that into the context of the New Testament.
2 Thesalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Those who reject the gospel, who reject the message of the hour, who reject the Holy Spirit, are sent a strong delusion that they would believe a lie. It has been the same in every age. When Ever rejected the message of Adam, she was sent a strong delusion and believed the lie of the Serpent. Every sin, sickness, suffering and death is a result of that. Moses had a message, those who rejected it perished. Jesus said they are dead. Noah had a message and those who rejected it perished. The Bible says they are in hell. When we reject the message for our day, the gospel, then we will perish. We will believe a lie and be damned for it. The devil, our master, will pierce our ear and we will never receive revelation on the Word of God, forever. We pass beyond the realms of grace. And for the most part we will not even know it.
Think you can come back from that?
Revelation 14: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever received the mark of his name.
Once we receive the “mark of the beast” it is unto our damnation. Damnation upon “whosoever” received it. You see once you receive it there is no going back because you will now believe the devil’s lies and thus never believe the truth of the gospel. You will be religions no doubt, but never holy. Think it impossible?
2 Timothy 3: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
These folks are extremely religious having a “form of godliness”. They go to church every Sunday, sing in the choir, run outreach programs, preach, run charities etc etc. Outwardly to the world they seem holy. But to the Lord God they are abominable for they have rejected Jesus Christ and taken for doctrine the commandments of men. They rejected God’s word in favour of dogmas and creeds, psychology and tradition. They have education, doctors of divinity even, “ever learning and NEVER coming to the knowledge of the truth”. They will never be saved for they cannot be saved. They will never know Jesus Christ. They will never receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit for they have already receive the mark of the beast, and don’t even know it.
That is the worst part of it. Because the world, the religious world, the nominal church doesn’t even know what the mark of the beast is, hundreds of millions have already received it and do not even know it. They will never come to the knowledge of the truth for they rejected it long ago.
Don’t be looking for tattoos or computer chips. Look to what the Bible says about it. Receive the love of the truth, receive the revealed word of God, and yield yourself to obey it. Do this and the Lord will put his mark upon you. Reject it and the devil will claim you and you won’t even know it has happened. Verily the Sunday after the rapture the churches will all be full and the preachers will be pointing to a rapture that has already passed for when they were given the truth, they rejected it, and were sent a strong delusion. Their ears were pierced. They were marked.
Now let us take a moment and look at the other end of that first scripture. Here it is again for reference:
Revelation 13: 16 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: 17 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. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Let us look at this in the light of another scripture about this man.
2 Thessalonians 2: 3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The name “Vicarius Filii Dei” means “Vicar of Christ” or “In Place of Christ”. The pope calls himself infallible. The name Vicarius Filii Dei is inscribed upon his golden crown. The Catholic Church believes that he cannot make a mistake. Only God is perfect. This is the man of sin, who sits in the temple of God, “vicarius filii dei” showing himself to be God. The number of his name, the Roman Numeral number of his Roman name is none other than 666 as this figure shows clearly.
Literally hundreds of millions of people have received the Mark of the Beast, and don’t even know it. This is sad, so very sad. Don’t be a statistic.
Jesus suffered, bled and died for our sin, for your sin, and rose again to sit on the right hand of power making intercession for the Saints. Fifty days later was the feast of Pentecost. It was our Jubilee. One hundred and twenty souls gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem were the first to be sealed by God. They immediately hit the streets. Then another 3,000 souls were added that same day. The jubilee trumpet sounded, the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is still sounding today. Hear the trumpet sound and receive your freedom. Receive the revealed word of God for the hour. Enter the blood covenant of Jesus Christ, wash away your sins, and live forever with him.
It is not enough to know about Jesus, we have to know Jesus. Christianity is not a religion, it is not an organization, it is a personal relationship between the Lord God and individuals, through the body and blood of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Christians know Jesus Christ personally, because Jesus Christ personally lives inside of them.
Get marked by God! Get the token of God’s grace and mercy. Today!
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