The Mark of the Beast



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Recovery experts sifting through the rubble following a major earthquake in Turkey in 1999 made a shocking discovery. Thousands of the buildings that collapsed in the temblor were poorly constructed, and many lives
might have been saved if these buildings had only been built according to code. External appearances gave no indication of problems with the buildings. But when the earth shook, it became painfully obvious that what appeared to be solid and stable was anything but.
In the final days of earth’s history, a time of trouble will shake the world. Only those who have built their faith according to the Word of God are going to withstand the spiritual shaking that will take place.

A final great conflict is set to engulf the earth, preparing the way for the enforcement of the mark of the beast.

Restrictions on buying and selling are not a new idea. During wartime, rationing was common as a means of restricting what and how much of various products people were able to buy.
In addition to a prohibition on buying and selling, Revelation 13:15 says that there will be a time when those who refuse to receive the mark of the beast will be threatened with death, and will even be killed.

The Bible states that only those who remain faithfully committed to Jesus will not receive the mark of the beast. The rest of the people living on the earth—the vast majority—will receive the mark of the beast.
Every person will receive one of two marks. Those who worship and obey the Creator God will receive the seal of God. Those who do not will receive the mark of the beast.
Where is the seal of God placed?

Till we have sealed the servants of our God on their __________________.

The seal of God is placed on (or “in”) the forehead of the believer, representing that the seal of God will be placed in the mind of the person who receives it. Behind the forehead is the frontal lobe of the brain—the area of the mind responsible for decision-making. Those who receive the seal of God will have made an immovable decision for God.

In ancient times, a seal was used to signify authority and approval. Here we find God writing His name—which represents His character (Exodus 34:5–7)—in the minds of the redeemed. Those who receive the seal of God will have the gracious character of Jesus deeply planted in their minds.
Humanity was originally created in the image of God. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, that perfect image of God was lost. The entire plan of salvation is based on God re-creating in human beings the image of God. The hopeful fact is that those who receive the seal of God will have been remade in the image of God, through the power of God and the presence of Jesus in their lives.
The mark of the beast issue sees planet Earth divided into two groups: one willing to allow Jesus to live in their hearts no matter the cost, and the other unwilling to surrender their lives totally to Him.

God’s Word urges us to worship the Creator, rather than His created beings. The mark of the beast issue contrasts true worship—the worship of the Creator God—with false worship. Just as Satan attempted to have Jesus worship him in the wilderness (Matthew 4:9), he seeks to receive the worship of the world before Jesus returns.
And in calling us to worship the Creator, Revelation 14:7 quotes directly from the fourth commandment, which calls people to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

The Sabbath is a sign, or seal, that signifies the authority of God, calling to mind God’s creatorship, and His power to re-create. In keeping the Sabbath, a person demonstrates allegiance to the Creator God and full acceptance of His complete authority.

The seal of God represents God’s authority as Creator and Redeemer. The Sabbath exists not only as a memorial of Creation and of God’s creative power, but also as a sign of God’s re-creative power. Only the Creator has the power to be the Re-Creator.
Full surrender to God leads to obedience regarding His commandments. As Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
Obedience to God represents full submission to God’s leadership and lordship, with the Sabbath being God’s special sign that the Creator has been given permission to re-create the sinner in His image.
Who is the beast who has his own mark of authority?

He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the _____________ beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

In Bible prophecy, a beast is a symbol used to represent a kingdom or a nation. Consistent with the testimony of the Bible, the nation being referred to here is Vatican City. [See It Is Written Bible Study Guide #18, “The Mystery Beast of Revelation.”]

The number is 666, and 666 is not the mark of the beast. It is the number of a “man” and can be “calculated” (Revelation 13:17, 18) to help identify the rst nation of Revelation 13. Some Bible scholars have demonstrated that a title given to the pope, Vicarius Filii Dei (meaning “Vicar of the Son of God”), has a numerical value of 666 (a Latin phrase written in Roman numerals; each letter of the phrase has a numerical value).

The symbol of the hand represents work or actions. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) The forehead represents the mind, where decisions are made. People will demonstrate allegiance to the beast either in their thoughts—by agreeing with the agenda of the beast—or in their actions, by submitting to the beast’s authority even if they disagree with that authority.
The mark of the beast is a symbol of allegiance to the false religion of the last days.
What is the mark of the authority of the beast of Revelation 13?

Just as the Sabbath is a sign that represents the authority of God, Sunday is a sign that represents the authority of the church.

“Fundamentalists meet for worship on Sunday, yet there is no evidence in the Bible that corporate worship was to be made on Sundays. The Jewish Sabbath, or day of rest, was, of course, Saturday. It was the Catholic Church that decided Sunday should be the day of worship for Christians, in honor of the Resurrection.” (Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism, p. 38)
The change of the Sabbath is a mark of Rome’s authority, because the Vatican instituted Sunday worship without any biblical authority. The only basis for keeping Sunday is the authority of the Catholic Church. There is no authority from the Scriptures to observe Sunday as a holy day.
“Moreover, the same pope decreed that the rest of the Sabbath should be transferred rather to the Lord’s day [Sunday], in order that on that day we should rest from worldly works for the praise of God.” (De Clericorum Institutione [Concerning the Instruction of the Clergymen], book 2, ch. 46, as translated by the writer from the Latin text in Migne’s Patrologia Latina, vol. 107, col. 361)
Eusebius, the Bishop of Caesaria in the fourth century, wrote, “And all
things whatsoever that it was duty to do on the Sabbath, these we have transferred to the Lord’s day, as more appropriately belonging to it, because it has precedence, and is rst in rank, and more honorable than the Jewish Sabbath.” (Eusebius’ “Commentary on the Psalms—Psalm 92, A Psalm or Song for the Sabbath-day” in Migne’s Patrologia Graeca, vol. 23, col. 1171
& 1172; and Bernard de Montfaucon’s Collectio Nova Patrum Et Scriptorum Graecorum, 2 vols., folio, Paris, 1706)

The papacy—represented in Daniel 7:25 as the little horn—has attempted to change God’s times and laws by changing Sabbath observance from the seventh to the first day of the week, and by altering the second and the 10th of the Ten Commandments.
Who has the mark of the beast today?

He _______________ all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads.

It is when this mark is enforced by law that it becomes the “mark of the beast.” Until that time, nobody will have the mark of the beast.

Those who avoid the mark of the beast will remain faithful to Jesus Christ and obedient to God—having surrendered their lives fully to Him.