Mark of the Beast?

CAUTION

This post is written to Christians who already know their Scripture.  Therefore, it is ‘assumed’ that the reader is already familiar with the majority of what I will be discussing.  If you do not know your Scriptures and you read this post anyway, please do so with caution, and understand that it is predicated upon the understanding that I have no need to explain every concept that will be addressed.

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Christians!  Beware!  Do not allow the delusions of our time to trick you into accepting the mark of the beast!

Let me start by confessing that I am not claiming any special authority.  I am not a Scripture scholar.  Nor am I claiming any special revelation or message.  All I am is a humble servant of the Lord who tries to read and study His Word, seeking His understanding and His Wisdom in the process.  I write now to share what I have been shown, and to offer a warning to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

As Christians, we must understand that the Scriptures are thoroughly Hebrew in nature.  They were written by Hebrews, for other Hebrews and using the Hebrew language.  Where the Scriptures are written in another language, they are still written by Hebrews in the context of the Hebrew culture.  If we wish to learn the greater or fuller understanding present in the Scriptures, it is crucial we understand this fact.  This way, we can know to learn the Hebrew idioms and other figures of speech that are inherent in the Scriptures.  Only by doing so can we hope to catch much of the finer details and understanding conveyed through God’s Word.

For example: if you were reading something written in American society today, and you came upon the phrase:

“My contacts are in the cloud.”

How old you are, what generation you are from, will greatly influence how you might understand this phrase.  Being from Generation X, I might understand this to mean my eye wear is in a cloud in the air, but my parents might think it means their Rolodex (list of personal contact information for family and friends) is in the cloud in the sky, while my grandparents might think it means parts from their car’s ignition system are in the cloud in the sky.  But my child, on the other hand, would assume it means my list of personal contact information is stored ‘on line’ (which would be another culture reference that could cause contextual confusion). You see, figures of speech can make translation difficult — especially when the one translating is unaware that they are translating figures of speech.

Here is why this is important:

Revelation 13:16   New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, [a]to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,

Setting aside all discussion of what the Beast is, let’s look at this phrase “on their hand or on their head.

The Greek word translated ‘on’ in this phrase is ‘epi.’  It can have many meanings, and the meaning must be determined by the context of the sentence.  One possible meaning can be ‘in,’ as “in their right hand or on their forehead.”  Either way, modern English speakers see this as an indication that this mark will be something physical — and it may be!  However, if you were a first century Hebrew, you might not assume this is the true meaning of the phrase!

This is because of the nature of the ancient Hebrew language.  Originally, Hebrew was written using pectoral symbols.  One of them was a depiction of a hand and forearm, and it was usually associated with things a person does.  In Scripture, we will find references to ‘my right hand‘ as a reference to a person’s might, and ‘stretching out their arm‘ to mean exercising their power.  Another Hebrew symbol was the head, and it was used in connection to thinking, power and authority (link to some common Biblical Hebrew idioms).

The connection is in the fact that the ancient Hebrew language was concrete in nature — like their culture.  They thought more in real terms, so they associated real things with abstract ideas.  Consequently, where we read ‘on their right hand‘ or ‘on their forehead‘ and assume we are looking for a mark or something material to be tattooed on or inserted into our hand or forehead, the ancient Hebrew may have read these same words and assumed they were a warning not to allow something to affect their thinking and actions.  You see, they might have read ‘in their right hand or in their forehead‘ to mean ‘in the things they do‘ or ‘in the way they think.’

So, why is this important?  Because, while it may not change the core meaning of the Gospel or Old testament teachings, it can change the way we approach Scriptural warnings.  If we have made mistakes in our assumptions, we can be deceived because we are guarding against the wrong thing.  So, whereas many may be determined they will never take a physical mark on their hand or forehead, or an implant, etc., because they love God, if this is the wrong understanding, they could end up accepting a Spiritual mark that affects what they do and how they think.  After all, Scripture does not teach that we are saved or damned by what is on or in our body, but what is in our heart and how it makes us talk and act.

Matthew 15:11  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

11 It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

Mark 7:20  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man.

And, if you know your Scriptures, you know that Christ said what comes out of our mouth (or the things we do) is driven by what is in our heart (head, thoughts, desires, will, etc).

So, to conclude: the ‘mark of the beast‘ most likely doesn’t refer to a physical mark or even a material thing that will be implanted in our bodies (especially when we understand that beasts are spiritual kingdoms, and the beast of Revelation refers to Satan and his worldly kingdom).  Knowing this, the prudent thing for God’s people to do is not to guard against being physically marked, but to guard against being Spiritually marked.  We do this by knowing God’s Word and by testing all things against it.  This requires diligence and discipline, but it also requires knowledge.  We are to be in, not of the world, but being in the world also means to be aware of it.  Both Jesus and His disciples showed they were aware of the world by their many references to the things happening in it during their time.  So their example teaches us their is no sin in being aware of the things in this world — so long as we stay focused on and cling to the things of God’s.

This brings me to the whole point of this post: Christians need to understand that when they defend or align or ally themselves with Islam or Allah, they are defending with Satan!  I see many people who call themselves Christians who are also defending Islam.  You must not do this.  I am not saying we should not try to share Christ’s Gospel with Muslims.  We should do this even if it costs us our lives!  But Islam is not the person, and Allah is not Yahweh!  Allah is Satan (or one of his demons).  So, I say this again, and heed my warning:

A ‘CHRISTIAN’ WHO DEFENDS ALLAH OR ISLAM IS DEFENDING SATAN!

13 responses to “Mark of the Beast?

  1. Pingback: Mark of the Beast? | A Conservative Christian Man

  2. Thank you for this confirmation. Christians often make the mistake of viewing things from the flesh instead of receiving insight from the Holy Spirit. In the times we are now living, it I so important for us to stay in the Word, to ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit, to ask for confirmation, to question things that we are unsure of. There are so many false teachers and so much false teachings out there, that it makes it easy to be led astray. May God richly bless you as you endeavor to do His Will. Shalom †

  3. with the rfid chip[ and no man buy or sell without the mark it is an actual mark

    • Possibly, but then, there would be no universal application for such an interpretation — especially in the Middle East. Most societies surrounding Israel would have a difficult time implimenting such a thing. At the same time, if the Beast is Islam (as many now believe), then in those nations where Islam rules, you would have to be a Muslim to buy or sell (dhimmi can be restricted from doing both).

  4. the rfid chip is out people are taking it now all over the world it will be mandatory soon …….. do not be fooled be sure pay to jesus to get to god rebuke satan and ask the holy spirt in before you start to pray then talk to jesus and god they will answer you

    • Agreed. Scripture often tells us to watch for physical manifestations of what are still Spiritual warnings. Hosea was sent to warn Israel of her spiritual unfaithfulness, and as an outward sign God told him to take an unfaithful wife. So, yes, the rdf chip “could” be the mark, but I — personally — do not think so. I think we need to be looking for something spiritual, and if there is a physical connection, it will most likely be something connected to Islam.

  5. Christian defending Christianity is delusional

  6. Pingback: Beware of ‘Christians’ Who Claim Allah is Yahweh! | The Oil in Your Lamp

  7. The woman holding the “I’m Christian…” sign demonstrates how “political correctness” is used by the enemy of our souls to distort God’s Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Such people are allowing themselves to be “useful idiots” because they have (unfortunately) been blinded by the “god of this age” and think that their magnanimous behavior on this issue should be perceived as something good.

    Please see my post Islam and Christianity Present Two Very Different Deities.

  8. David Guzik provides a great commentary on the meaning of “the god of this age” in 2 Corinthians 4.

    Over the centuries, satan has used many tactics and false “gods” to blind individuals from the Truth. It is truly sad to see so many people erroneously think that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

    You are absolutely correct to write that, “A ‘CHRISTIAN’ WHO DEFENDS ALLAH OR ISLAM IS DEFENDING SATAN!”

  9. The mark of the beast is spiritual…the mark of the beast in the right hand means the heart…and the mark of the beast on the forehead means the mind…one has to worship the beast with the heart and mind…the false prophet makes fire come down from heaven in the sight of people and by these signs the people are being deceived in the heart and mind to believe a lie that this prophet is from God…in the mean time the beast is being worshipped as god almighty…so you have the devil, the beast, and the false prophet working together as one…if you obey God you will not receive the mark of the beast.

    • True, but this does not mean there will not be any physical manifestations of this Spiritual mark, because there probably will be. God usually speaks to His people in many ways, and physical representations are one of His strongest signs. That said, I agree with you. You just stated the point I was trying to make in this post with much fewer words. Thanks 🙂

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