The Mark of the Beast Points of Confusion
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Feb. 18, 2021
WASHINGTON, Penn., Feb. 18, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Dan Corner of Evangelical Outreach:
Here are addressed some of the most common fallacies, assumptions, and questions concerning this Great Tribulation period and the coming mark of the beast. Carefully study and verify these answers.
- Since the beast and his image will be worshiped (Rev.13:8; 13:12; 13:15; 14:11; 19:20; 20:4), won't the mark of the beast be easily recognized?
The Greek word translated worship, as some will give to the beast and his image, is PROSKUNEO. That Greek word means: kiss like a dog licking his master's hand; to fawn or crouch to; prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore).
The "WORSHIP" connected with the Mark of the Beast can, therefore, be very subtle, as shown by the meaning of the actual word itself; it does NOT mean swearing to follow a person as a god, or necessarily making any kind of grandiose, public declaration or pledge of allegiance to one.
- Must the antichrist be revealed before the mark of the beast?
Not necessarily. There is nothing in Scripture that says "the man of sin" must be, or will be, revealed before the mark of the beast, as some have been led to believe. However, regarding the timing of the mark of the beast: the sequential order of the angelic warnings of the announcement that Babylon the Great has fallen (Rev. 14:8) will precede the angelic warning not to receive the mark of the beast (Rev. 14:9-12).
Moreover, the first 5 seals (Rev. 6:1-11) also gives us details about the timing of the mark of the beast. The saints start to be martyred at seal 4 and that continues on into seal 5. Such is preceded by peace being taken from the earth and men slaying each other (seal 2); and famine (seals 3 and 4). See "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." Moreover, we read in Revelation:
"He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast--all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world." (Rev 13:7,8)
IF Revelation 13 is in sequential order, then: (a) the war on the saints will occur before the mark of the beast and (b) a type of worship of the antichrist will be given even if he is not fully and officially recognized as having authority over "every tribe, people, language and nation".
It is also possible that those events are just noted as occurring without being fully accomplished or recognized prior to the issuing of the mark of the beast. The antichrist could be 'worshiped' in a much lesser and dramatic way than the movies have shown such a figure to be, which would confirm the Greek meaning of the word itself. Nothing in God's word states the antichrist will be given a public declaration as the world ruler with a ceremony.
The issuing of the mark of the beast might predate the revealing of the antichrist (2 Thess. 2:4). To be safe, absolutely refuse anything on or in your body, especially one that will provide special privileges for having received such as with the covid (sars-cov-2) vaccine or anything of the like.
- Does the angelic warning to not take the mark of the beast (Rev. 14:9-12) mean an actual angel, like Gabriel, will be giving out that message?
No. The Greek term for "angel" means 'messenger.' Consequently, that messenger could possibly have a collective meaning, that is, Christians globally will give out that warning to not take the mark of the beast.
Such a warning is imperative, because those who do receive the mark, including the saints, will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. The smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever and there will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name (Rev. 14:10,11).
- Will the mark of the beast be "in" or "on" the right hand or forehead of the recipients?
The scripture referring to the bodily location of the mark of the beast is Rev. 13:16. There is no actual Greek word to justify the usage of "in" or "on." Nonetheless, a bodily mark is indeed coming, and it will be delivered via a microneedle patch vaccine (aka the "smart patch") that looks like piece of velcro on a band-aid and it will simultaneously stamp a Quantum Dot Tattoo (QDT) onto your body as proof of vaccination. This QDT contains a bioluminescent enzyme called Luciferase which will enable your stamp/tattoo, otherwise invisible to the naked eye, to glow and be seen under a special type of scanner or smart phone app. This scannable mark will be the proof of vaccination ID which will enable the recipients to travel, attend public gatherings and especially to "buy or sell."
Such a mark, administered at the same time as the vaccine, will be both 'on' the body and 'in' the body, as the many "snake fang" microneedles penetrate ever so slightly the top surface of the skin. Such a mark can be easily administered to either the right hand or the forehead. To be safe, do not receive any mark whatsoever onto your body for any reason, especially a mark needed to access your currency, even if that access feature would not be made available or activated until after the issuance of said mark. [NOTE: the RFID chip is now old technology.]
- Does "forced" or "caused" in Rev. 13:16,17 mean physically overpowered?
"He [the antichrist] also FORCED everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name." (Rev 13:16,17)
Since we learn in other scriptures that a great innumerable multitude will overcome the beast and his mark by being slain (Rev. 7:9-14), then apparently, there must be free will to resist and refuse the mark. Those overcomers did not "receive" the mark (Rev. 14:9; 14:11). Hence, though they were "forced", they were still able to refuse "receiving" it; they were free to choose captivity and death over taking the mark. "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death" (Rev 12:11). Again, they were not physically overpowered, though "forced" (severely pressured, squeezed, and with their back against the wall, etc.) they did overcome in their personal "test," uniquely given to all Christians of the last generation.
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