What Is The Mark Of The Beast?

The mark of the beast and seal of God are connected by the fact that both are revealed in the right hand and forehead. So we will first look at the seal of God to see what can be learned regarding the mark of the beast. I will show that neither the mark of the beast or the seal of God is a physical or visible mark. It is in regards to your thoughts and actions. The Holy Spirit will be shown to be the seal of God. The Sabbath and Holy Days are signs of the seal, but not the seal themselves. In other words, if you observe the Sabbath and/or Holy Days, that is a sign that you are in fact sealed by the Holy Spirit. The mark of the beast will be shown to have a fulfillment on an individual level and on a national level. The mark of the beast has many speculations as to what it is. It is not the microchip. It is not a worldwide lockdown on trade where you literally can't buy or sell without selling your soul. There will never be that kind of control over the entire population of the world despite ever evolving technology and increasing government power. I have no doubt the enemy would love to accomplish that, but i think that's a little too obvious of a sign of the mark of the beast that everyone is on the lookout for. If everyone is looking for it, then that's not it. Let's look at the scriptures and see if we can draw a connection and unlock this mystery.

The Seal Of God

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, Eph. 1:13 (That's pretty simple and straight forward in regards to what the seal of God is. So the seal of God is spiritual. It's not physical or visible. How does this affect our view on the mark of the beast?
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And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph. 4:30 (Again, simply stated as to what God's seal is. The Holy Spirit will affect your beliefs and actions.)

And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt. Ex. 13:9 (A sign of God's seal is obedience to his law in our minds, or forehead, and our actions, or the works of our hands. This sign is evidence of our sealing.)

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. Deut. 6:6-8 (Again, the actions of our hands and the beliefs in our mind are signs of the seal of God which is the Holy Spirit. The mark of the beast also will reflect actions and beliefs.)

Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. Deut. 11:18 (Again, same as Deut. 6:6-8 above.)

Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eyeBind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. Prov. 7:2-3 

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Rev. 7:3

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. Rev. 14:1

The Mark Of The Beast

Mark Of Beast For Nations
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.” This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Rev. 14:9-12 (Worship equates to obedience. The beast here in the end of the age is the Jesuits and its image is the Popes of Rome and the Catholic Church that they control. So all who obey the beast have the mark of the beast and will taste God's wrath. I believe this to be speaking to the nations who form an alliance with Rome and obey its orders. Those nations will be punished by God.)

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. Rev. 16:2 (The Christians in France had been killed by the inquisition. The sores that broke out was atheism/communism that spread over the land due to the absence of the martyred Christians. Those with the mark of the beast were all that was left and they suffered this judgment from the Lord.)

Mark Of The Beast For People
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They 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 a thousand years. Rev. 20:4 (Take note that in this verse it's speaking about individual people receiving or not receiving the mark, not nations. The importance of this distinction will be seen shortly. Also we see the mark of the beast is in the hand and forehead. This means it regards ones actions and beliefs. Those who revered or obeyed the Roman Popes and the teachings of the Roman church had the mark. This also means that the mark is spiritual as well and not a physical or visible mark since it parallels the seal of God being in the hand and forehead.
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And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. Rev. 15:2 (This verse is also speaking about individual people. Those "victorious" didn't obey the teachings of the Roman Church controlled by the Pope and Jesuits.)

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. Rev. 19:20 (The mark of the beast is equated to worship of the image of the beast, which is obedience to the Jesuit controlled Pope of Rome. This one could be seen as speaking to individual people or nations. Either one works fine with the text. But let's now look at the main text below and distinguish if the mark is speaking in terms of being on an individual or national level...)

Buying, Selling, And Martyrdom 

The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 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: And that no man(one) might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev. 13:16-17 (So if you don't have the mark of the beast, you won't be able to buy or sell, and you will be killed. Yikes! That's pretty scary! But wait, what must be understood from this particular chapter and verse as a whole is that the context is not talking about people, but instead kingdoms, nations, and the leaders of these nations. The nations who refuse to follow the agenda of the beast will be killed. In other words, they will be either militarily overthrown, or infiltrated and destroyed from within. A new regime is put in their place that will follow the orders of the beast. We've seen this in many countries in recent history including Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, and now President Assad in Syria just to name a few. We also see the tactic of economic sanctions against countries that don't follow the agenda of the beast as well. Economic sanctions limit or eliminate trade with other countries, or buying and selling, or imports and exports. This cripples the economic conditions of the people which can cause revolution or compliance toward the beast. Either way, the beast gets its way. This is how it operates and controls the whole world.)

Why is it important to distinguish that Revelation chapter 13 is not speaking about individual people but instead individual nations? Well 1st it's just another example of the book of Revelation appearing very scary at first glance, but when read in proper context or meaning, not quite as scary. Secondly, because everyone is looking at this on an individual level, this gloomy doomsday scenario of an end times economic collapse occurs, unheard of government power and control ensues. The Antichrist shuts down all means of financial trade and exchange to those that won't sell their soul to the Antichrist and then they will be killed. That is quite the scenario, but that is what everyone is looking for.

So here is a question to ponder. If the mark is not physical or visible, but spiritual. If the mark involves our beliefs and actions. If the mark involves worship and obedience. How would buying and selling to people on an individual basis be controlled to people that have an invisible mark? Do you really think trade can be controlled on an individual level? That's virtually impossible if you really think about it. Yet that's what everyone thinks will happen. Is this how Satan operates? Where the masses are so in tune to his evil plans they know it's coming before it happens? How could Satan deceive you if that was the case? Revelation 19:20 says that those that received the mark of the beast was through deception, not knowingly receiving it. In other words, it's not going to be something obvious that everyone is looking out for. If everyone is looking out for it, then rest assured that that is then not it. So being killed and not being able to buy and sell are for the nations that don't obey the beast, not all the people. Not that some people won't lose their lives for not bowing to the Roman beast, but that's not what Rev. 13 is talking about.

Conclusion

So because both the seal of God and the mark of the beast are revealed in the hand and forehead, and the seal of God is shown to not be a physical mark, but a spiritual mark of the Holy Spirit that is displayed by our thoughts and actions, then we can also conclude that the mark of the beast is also not a physical mark, but a spiritual mark as well. Because they are connected, they either have to both be physical marks or both be spiritual marks. The seal of God is clearly a spiritual mark and so we must also conclude the same for the mark of the beast. The 2nd beast is the Jesuits who deceive and cause people to obey the image of the 1st beast which is the Jesuit controlled Papacy in Rome who heads the Roman Catholic Church. Many protestant churches have fallen back to the teachings of Rome. The Protestant Reformation was only successful to an extent due to the false teachings of the Jesuits. The beast has established it's own day of worship, its own time keeping calendar, and its own holidays to observe over and above what God has established. These things are signs of the mark of the beast. We are called to come out of this false belief system and to discontinue our actions of obedience towards the beast.
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