“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 might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” [Revelation 13:16-17]
The scriptures are clear: in the last days it would be very hard to do business without the “Mark of the Beast”. What what exactly is this mark? And how does one receive it?
First of all, we must ask a few questions. Who wrote this portion of scripture? In what context did he write it?
John, the apostle is the author of the Book of Revelation. He was the closest disciple of Jesus of all the twelve. He was part of the “inner circle” (Peter, James, and John). He is known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”.
Jesus, being a Rabbi, was a teacher. Saying that, John was the teacher’s pet.
And John was also a Jew, who grew up in a Jewish culture. Being such, he was well versed in scripture. And this is the key:
Revelation – an Essay of Old Testament Doctrine with New Testament Flare
The Book of Revelation was built upon all other scripture i.e. the scripture that was accepted and known as scripture in the first century.
In order to fully understand the Book of Revelation, one must fully understand the scriptures that were in circulation before John wrote Revelation. In fact the Book of Revelation is based upon “Old Testament” scripture. Virtually every point made, and every doctrine brought down in the book of Revelation is based upon The Tanakh.
The Mark in the “Old Testament”
Just like any other thing in the Book of Revelation, we can get a much broader understanding from the ancient scriptures that John was so familiar with. But where in the Tanakh is there anything about a “mark” in the forehead?
In the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 9, we have a passage speaking about a mysterious “man in linen”. Again, using scripture to define scripture, we see in other parts of the Bible that a man dressed in linen is indicative of an angel.
“Man Clothed with Linen”
There are several instances in the scriptures where people are reportedly dressed in linen. But in the prophetic sense, this is always speaking of an angel. Take for example:
Daniel 10:5-6 NIV – “5 I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.”
Here Daniel obviously saw a spiritual being. Many would assume that He saw the Lord Himself, or a pre-incarnate version of Jesus. And rightly so, as the description of Jesus in the Book of Revelation is remarkably similar to this.
Take another example from the Book of Revelation:
Revelation 15:6 NIV – “6 Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.”
In this passage it is very clear. The beings dressed in linen are angels
The Mark of God
So we begin this passage speaking about an angel, a spiritual, unseen entity – ready to do a spiritual, unseen work.
“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.” [Ezekiel 9:3-4 KJV]
So we have here an angel who puts a mark on the foreheads of those who SIGH (are vexed), and that cry because of the abominations in the land.
Keep in mind that “abominations” here are also defined in other portions of scripture. This word in the original Hebrew, “תּוֹעֵבָה” is the same word that is used to describe a list of sins in Leviticus 18.
Do understand that not all sins are abominations. There are various degrees of sinfulness just as there are various degrees of punishment described in the scriptures.
But those who are extremely grieved over the abominations of society are marked with a spiritual mark.
The Anatomy of the Mark of the Beast
In Ezekiel, chapter 9 we read about how an angel went and marked those who are vexed with the abominations of society.
It is worth noting that most angels are invisible. Let’s look at the story of Elisha and his servant…
“15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” [2 Kings 6:15-17]
Here we can see that we can be surrounded by armies of angels, and not even know it!
Going back to Ezekiel, chapter 9…. The angel had a pen, and went around marking those who were very grieved over the abominations of the land.
Knowing that angels can be invisible, we must assume that the “angelic pen” was also invisible – which means the mark also is an invisible, spiritual mark.
If the Mark of God is an invisible mark placed on the forehead of those who are vexed over the abominations of the land, then the Mark of the Beast is also an invisible mark placed upon the forehead of those who are NOT vexed over the abominations of the land.
It just could be that many are, or will be marked, and don’t even know it!
Not Able to Do Business
Today, like no other time in history, there is a certain group of people who assume the role of dictators in society. They have hijacked democracy, and have made it into totalitarian dictatorships.
Speak against them, and they will come to destroy your life. As Ezekiel puts it, “SIGH, and CRY OUT” because of the abominations they commit and they will:
- de-fund you,
- demonetize you,
- censor you,
- boycott you,
- drive you out of business, and,
- get you FIRED!
They don’t want you to be able to buy or sell. And the worst part is – they are getting their way.
This group of people preach love, but they want to silence and destroy your life if you oppose them.
They preach tolerance. But like ruthless tyrants, they will not tolerate a difference of opinion.
The lifestyle they promote is a lifestyle that perfectly fits the definition of “abominations” as the Holy Scripture define it in Leviticus, chapter 18.
If you are vexed, and show any kind of disapproval to their lifestyle they will do everything they possibly can to ensure that you cannot buy or sell.
But if you accept their abominations, then you will be accepted as “safe for work”, and good to do business with.
Could it be that the Mark of the Beast is unfolding right now before our very eyes, and right under our noses?