Black Spirituality Religion : Mark of the Lord Vs. Mark of the Beast

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  1. MizLindaLinda

    MizLindaLinda Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is going to show that what everyone "knows" as supposed fact about the mark, that it will be a tangible mark, such as a stamp put on the hand or forehead, or a tangible computer chip implanted, etc, may not be a fact after all...

    It certainly has given me a lot to think about, and I now am leaning towards accepting that what all of todays current prophecy teachers say about the mark of the beast is in fact wrong!

    In an effort to inform, educate, and equip the you,I will give some background on the idea of the "mark of the beast," explore some of the Biblical imagery which reveals the essence of forehead and hand marking, and lastly, discuss implantation and replacement of the forehead marking.

    The passage which is most often cited in this context is Revelation 13:16-17. "[A deceiving beast who spoke like a dragon] 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." (NIV)

    Some things about this mark are obvious, others require a moment of reflection. It is clear that the mark has to come from a perceived source of authority -- The beast is capable of mass deception and expresses himself in an intimidating way. The mark is designed to be imposed on all classes (and ages) of people -- we take the description of "everyone, small and great, etc." to imply every other description of every sort of people group. The mark has significant social ramifications -- buying and selling is such a basic activity in society that one could say that having the mark makes one part of the prevailing social structure and the lack of the mark makes one an outsider to the basic fabric of culture. The most important question for us right now, though, is this: What does the mark look like, i.e., what is the nature of the mark?

    It has long been a respected principle of hermeneutics (a fancy Greek derivative for "interpretation"), that one should let an author interpret himself whenever possible. Specifically, if the Bible contains a phrase or an idea in various contexts, the way that phrase is used in the Bible as a whole sets a standard for meaning in each of the several contexts. Though the phrase "mark of the beast" occurs only in Revelation, the idea of a mark on the hand or on the forehead is employed in many contexts. A study of these other passages produces great insight for the student of prophecy. You may be surprised to discover that almost every forehead and hand marking mentioned in Scripture, from Moses through John's Revelation, is imposed by or for God on God's own people.

    The basic idea of a mark or image on the forehead and hand first appears in Exodus 13:9. "This observance [Passover] will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the LORD is to be on your lips." (NIV) Notice that it is not an implanted microchip or other high-tech device which is being discussed. The "sign," the "mark," is a ritual, an observance, a pattern of behavior.

    A similar use of the imagery is found later in the same chapter of Exodus, verses 15 & 16: "'When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the LORD killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the LORD the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.' And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand." Here, the Passover event is again in view, but now the "sign," the "symbol," is the commitment made to the offering of the firstborn. The forehead-symbol is the attitude, the willingness and commitment to the sacrifice in response to the Lord's deliverance. The hand-sign is the follow-through, the action which accompanies the mind-set.

    In a rather recondite excerpt from the prophet Ezekiel, we learn of a mark ordered by God upon a group of individuals segregated by attitude: "Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the LORD called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, 'Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.' As I listened, he said to the others, 'Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.' So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple." Ezekiel 9:3-7, NIV

    God's mark on the foreheads of these denotes an attitude of hatred toward sin. Interestingly, without the mark, there was no hope. Unmarked individuals were summarily destroyed. Notice that the annihilation began with the church leaders who did not bear the mark on the forehead.

    Before we move on in our survey of "mark" passages, we should do well to remind ourselves that these references cannot be to visible, physical markings. God himself strictly prohibits the marking of the body. A clear passage to this effect is Leviticus 19:28. I quote from 2 different translations for clarity. "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD,"(KJV), and "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD," (NIV). The Hebrew word used here is qa'aqa'. A quick check of Strong's offers a basic meaning range of "incision, imprintment, tattoo, or mark."

    When John, the Revelator, first uses the imagery of a stamp, image, mark, he is referring to a mark placed upon the servants of God. e.g. Revelation 7:3 -- "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 9:4 -- "They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads." 14:1 -- "Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads." 22:3-4 -- "No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads." This image or stamp of the Lamb's name on the forehead is a simulacrum of the "the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name" we read about in Revelation 13.

    If God's mark is invisible, nonphysical, yet is described in essentially the same terms as the mark of the beast, we are led to infer that those things that the mark of God signifies in relationship to him, the mark of the beast also signifies in a analogous way.

    Clearly, the marking of the forehead is symbolic of the attitude, the thought process of a person. The mark, image, stamp, of God is Godly, the mark of the beast is beastly. One who thinks like God (remember the Ezekiel passage), has his mark. One who thinks like a beast has that mark.

    The front line of spiritual warfare is the battle for God's design and purpose for man. It is because God's design for man is clearly revealed in the creation account in Genesis. It is bec :pc: ause man was designed to bear the mark of God, not of the beast. Genesis 1:26-27 reads, "Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." (NIV) Man was stamped, marked, imaged, to be like God in thought and behavior. Every expression of evolutionism denies the reliability of the Genesis record, therefore, impugns the very possibility of confidence in our design as expressed in Genesis (and our potential destiny as expressed in the Gospels). If we are not, in fact, bearers of the image of God, we are, in fact, like the animals, the beasts.

    Let us return to the Apostle John's summary remark on the subject of the mark of the beast. In Revelation 13:18, we read, "This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666." (NIV) I chose to consider this passage in the original language and offer this translation: "Now here's wisdom: If you have a mind, figure out the bottom line for the animal, since it is a human number. His bottom line is six hundred sixty six." (Kailer's Own Version)

    Allow me to explain my word choices. Mind, insight, or attitude could be used. I chose the most flexible. Mind suggests both the discernment and the inclination to discern. "The bottom line for the animal" seems unusual, only in that it isn't a popular translation (yet?) The Greek word, "arithmos" is related to our word, "arithmetic." It might be used of a number as such, but seems to me usually to refer to the sum or total of a series or the final solution of a problem. It's the final answer, the bottom line, if you will.

    The term, "therion," in Greek, is a general term for beast or animal. For instance, in Acts 28:3-5, we read of Paul shaking a "therion" off his hand. This beast or animal was specifically a viper, but you see how the word can be used. The bottom line for the animal is a human being marked by the image of the animal, unmarked by the image of God.

    The mark of the beast is being implanted by a process of indoctrination designed to cleanse the mind of an "image-of-God mind-set." The only hope for rescue is concerted education in creation principles. Those who understand, who have a mind, must strive to restore the image of God. The mark of the beast is replaced by the mark of God through knowledge and repentance. We teach and pray that the mind of man be repaired to reflect the image of God. We instruct and discipline that the hand of man be fixed to do the work of God.

    The very question of the mark of the beast is a creation vs. evolution issue! It is a matter of how we think and act. What's your "bottom line?"
  2. Angela22

    Angela22 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I think everyone is so desperate to figure it out, that instead of putting in works, they just draw their own conclusions and cause a stir.

    The Father is with us, all of His faithful, so they should worry none about "the mark of the beast", but they should indeed be watchful. He will always show us His Way and how to avoid sin, as He does with us day to day. He has not forgotten about us nor will He ever, so to have understanding in regards to the "mark", one should show an undying faith, and unwavering belief in the One who died for our sins, and gave us salvation, and He who was resurrected the 3rd day and all of His works. Trust in the Father and fear the Most High, also, and this is the beginning of ones understanding of the truth.