WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST?
The mark of the beast is listed eight times in the Holy Bible.
“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. 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,” Revelation 13:16-18.
“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, 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,” Rev. 14:9-10.
“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,” Rev.14:11.
“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,” Rev. 15:2
“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 worshipped his image,” Rev. 16:2. “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 worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone,” Rev.19:20
“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 worshipped 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,” Rev.20:4.
Is it a physical mark?
It appears to be physical because no one will be able to buy or sell without it.
Strong’s Concordance- mark
charagma: a stamp, impress
Original Word: χάραγμα, ατος, τό Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration: charagma Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ag-mah) Short Definition: sculpture, a stamp, sign Definition: sculpture; engraving, a stamp, sign.
Will they force you to take the mark?
You will have a choice to either worship the beast and take the mark or be killed.
“…And he (the false prophet) exerciseth all the power of the first beast (false Christ) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Revelation13:12.
“..and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Revelation 13:15.
John describes in his vision, “…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 worshipped 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. Revelation 20:4.
So it appears that the false prophet will make an image of the false Christ and make everyone worship the image and receive a mark in their right hand or forehead.
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