The Mark of the Beast
The topic has long been an interest to Christians and non-Christians alike for thousands of years. What is the Mark of the beast?, when will it appear?, Who is the beast and so on.
This particular topic will only speak to defining what the mark is, and will you be forced to take the mark? And what if you do?
What is the Mark?
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 his hand, We read here that the mark is to be received in one's forehead or in their hand. Revelation 13:16 give us more detail in that it will be received in the right hand.
The Bible does not go into detail on what the mark will consist of. It could be a computer chip of some kind, or a tattoo or a combination of both.
Revelation 13:17 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. We are told that unless you have the mark, you will not be able to buy or sell. This will cause extreme hardship of those who do not choose to receive the mark. Food and clothing will become almost impossible to obtain. Those who have children will not be able to provide the basic necessities of life
Revelation 13:18 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. The number will be attached or associated with the number 666. There are currently "new" finds of recent scrolls that the number is really 616 not 666, don't buy into this lie. God said that he would preserve his word, this was done, and the authorized King James is that book.
Will you be forced to take the mark?
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 his hand, This verse does not make any mention to a person being forced to take the mark. It does seem to make note that if you (1) worship the beast and his (2) image and (3) receive his mark you are will have Revelation 14:10 to face.
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: The Bible ties
these three together, in order to receive the mark you need to
pledge your allegations to the beast and his religion. You
must bow down to the beast and become a follower of his ways
before you are allowed to receive his mark. The only way to receive
the beast's mark is to renounce the true God who created Heaven and
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: In reading this passage some have clamed that this means that all will be forced to take the mark, however we read other places that their will be some who will not receive the mark and will be killed, beheaded for not choosing to take the mark.
If all were forced to take the mark then there would not be a need to behead the ones who refuse to take the mark, but would be forced to take the mark against their will. This verse means that people from all walks of life will take the mark willingly.
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. Almost all of those who do not take the mark will be killed for there choice. Those who are killed for the refusal to take the mark, and to bow to Satan, will be victorious over the beast. They will enter the kingdom of God.
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 worshiped his image. These both
were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Death and Hell wait all who take the mark and those who worship the
What if you take the Mark?
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 his hand (10) 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. The fire and brimstone mentioned here is the lake of fire which consists of Death and Hell. If you take the mark, this means that you worshiped the beast , and you will end up in the lake of fire which is fire and brimstone. Brimstone is burning sulfur.
Revelation 14:11 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. Once a person is in the lake of fire there is no escape.
Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image. Here we find that the first vial will only affect those that have the mark, but will not harm those who do not.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
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** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.