So what is the mark of the beast? Let us first confirm that we firmly believe the beast mark cannot be just a physical mark like a microchip or tattoo or
ID card. Why? There are a couple of big problems with this belief. First, in Revelation 13:14 it says that "deception"
is involved in this issue.
Revelation 13:14 ...'And deceived them that dwell on the earth by the mean of those miracles which he had power to do
in the sight of the beast.'
Now where is the deception in forcing people to take a physical mark like a microchip? Satan is the arch deceiver and he is not just
going to force people to take a physical mark. There is no deception in that whatsoever. And that is not how Satan works. The next
problem with this belief of the mark of the beast being something like a microchip is the fact that any government could force
a microchip or ID card or tattoo upon us. And we cannot be lost for something that is forced upon us. Now don't get me wrong. I do
believe some kind of technology like a bank card or ID card will be used in association with the mark of the beast to stop those who
refuse the mark from buying and selling. But in of itself, technology or any physical mark cannot be the mark of the beast.
So what is the mark? Revelation 14 gives us a clue.
Revelation 14:12 ...'Here is the patience of the saints. Here are they that keep
the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.'
Now right before this verse, the third angel explains that those who do take the mark of the beast will receive the full wrath of God.
Which means the verse above is telling us about those who don't take the mark. And what are they doing? They are keeping the commandments
of God and the faith of Jesus Christ. So the mark of the beast is in some way connected to the commandments of God. Which makes
sense, as this issue is all to do with worship and obedience. Look at what it also says in Revelation 14.
Revelation 14:9 ...'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 in hand ....'
Do you see? The issue of the mark of the beast is to do with WORSHIP! Somehow, Satan is going to deceive the world into giving their
allegiance to the beast and it's image and they will end up spiritually worshipping and obeying the beast instead of worshipping and obeying
God. But God's end time saints will be faithful to Christ Jesus and will know the truth, and will continue to obey God and keep His commandments.
What was it that the deceivers used to get Daniel thrown into the Lions den? ... Daniel 6:5 ...'Then said these men, We shall not find any
occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God' ... Knowing that Daniel would be
faithful to the law of God, these deceivers caused the king to institute a secular law which would go against one of God's commandments. In the
same way, the beast kingdom will institute a law (mark of the beast) which will be in opposition to the commandments of God, and will be
used to condemn God's people in the end.
So can we pinpoint exactly what the mark of the beast is? Yes. But first we need to find out who the beast of Revelation 13 is, to know
what it's mark is. If you do not know who the beast is, then please follow the link above to find out.
From the resources above, you will find out that the sea beast of Revelation 13 is the Papal Church of Rome. Which means the mark of the beast
is in fact that mark of the Roman Catholic Church. So has the Roman Catholic Church done anything in connection with the commandments of
God that could be regarded as her "mark"? Yes, and this was prophesied to happen in the book of Daniel with the
little horn power which again is the Papal Church of Rome.
Daniel 7:25 ...'And he [the little horn] shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of
the Most High, and think to change times and laws.'
So the Roman Catholic Church would think to change "time" and the law of God. Did they ever do this? Yes. If you take a
look at the Roman Catholic Ten
Commandments, you will see that they have made changes to the commandments of God (think to change law).
And the Roman Catholic Church boast that it is they who changed the weekly sabbath day from the 7th day to the 1st (think to change time),
of which there is no Biblical authority for any such change. Take a look at the following quotes with regards to this sabbath "change".
"By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of ... Because by keeping Sunday they
acknowledge the church's [Roman Catholic] power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin." (Abridgement of Christian Doctrine, page 58)
"Of course the change (from Sabbath to Sunday) was her act .... and the act is a MARK of her
ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters." (signed by H.F.Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter
dated Nov. 11, 1895)
"The church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact."
(Catholic record of London, Ontario, Sept. 1, 1923)
"Not the Creator of Universe, in Genesis 2:1-3, but the Catholic Church can claim the honor of having granted man
a pause to his work every seven days." (S. C. Mosna, Storia della Domenica, 1969, pp. 366-367)
"Is not yet too late for Protestants to redeem themselves. Will they do it? ... will they indeed take the written
word only, the Scripture alone, as their sole authority and their sole standard? Or will they still hold the indefensible, self
contradictory, and suicidal doctrine and practice of following the authority of the Catholic church and wear the SIGN [MARK] of her authority?
Will they keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day, according to Scripture? Or will they keep the Sunday according to the tradition
of the Catholic church." (Ibid, page 31)
So the Roman Catholic Church (little horn of Daniel 7) is guilty of changing the law of God. The very commandments that the saints of
Revelation 14:12 are keeping which stops them from receiving the mark of the beast. And remember, the issue of the mark of the beast
is all to do with worship and obedience. Will we worship and obey the beast and receive it's mark, or worship and obey God? Don't
think that you will need to get down on your knees to worship the beast. All you will need to do is give allegiance to the beast
and accept it's authority over God, and this would be deemed as worship.
So is the mark of the beast to
do with Sunday worship? Yes, but not yet, as Sunday has not yet been enforced as a day of rest yet. But the
Roman Catholic Church, along with many other churches and institutions, including trade unions, are now actively pushing for a Sunday
law to be enforced as a national and international day of rest. And this is in direct opposition to the sabbath rest that God instituted
during creation week. And this places the authority of the Roman Catholic Church above the authority of our Heavenly Father. Which of course
is an abomination!
The 4th commandment concerning the seventh
day sabbath is the ONLY commandment that tells us who it is we worship. It tells us that we
worship the Creator of heaven and earth. It is the central commandment that connects God with mankind, and it contains the seal of God
of which the end time saints receive. So anyone who accepts the Sunday law
that is going to be enforced will be giving their allegiance and worship to the beast (Roman Catholic Church) instead of God. Then they will
be marked (spiritually) with the mark of the beast, either in their forehead, or in their hand. The forehead represents the group of people
who freely make their decision in their minds and give their loyalty to the beast, ie., professing Christians who accept the
"authority" of the Roman Catholic Church.
The hand represents the group of people who just go along with it because of economic pressure, and their actions are in accordance
with the mark of the beast, ie., non believers. Which is why it says they get the mark in their foreheads OR their hand.