In this study, we are going to critically examine the Bible to come to understand some key aspects of
Revelation 13:11-18New King James Version (NKJV)
The Beast from the Earth
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those[a] who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[b] the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
What does MARK Mean?
Some individuals regard the Mark of the Beast to be physical but according to the following scriptures below, this is not true.
(1) Galatians 6:17New King James Version (NKJV)
17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. This means that he believes in Jesus and it does not mean that there is a physical Mark you can look for in his blood.
(2) Genesis 4:15New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And the Lord said to him, “Therefore,[a] whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him. This does not mean that God set a physical Mark on Cain but it simply means that God is at watch over Cain’s life and He is ever protecting him (Cain) from his enemies.
Ephesians 4:30New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. We have a Mark because we believe in God and this Mark is not visible.
Ephesians 1:13New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; You see, when you accept the Truth, you get Marked but this mark is not a visible Mark.
What does Forehead and Right Hand Mean?
Some individuals believe that a physical Mark will be stamped on one’s forehead and right hand. This is wrong according to the following scriptures below:
(1) Galatians 2:9New King James Version (NKJV)
9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. During those days, giving a Right Hand was the same as accepting to abide by.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7 Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. 8 Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem[b] on your forehead, 9 and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. You can see, binding on the right hand does not mean to physically bind them but it rather means to “Abide by or Accept”. Fix on the forehead does not mean to physically fix them there but rather to keep them in your brain.