Why the Mark of the Beast Is Not Merely a Physical Mark

Right Hand, Forehead [Revelation 13:16]
Right Hand (Deed), Forehead (Thought) = Committed Heart
// Revelation 13:16

The idea of people going to hell is frightening It’s in no way a thing to be talked about flippantly. I do not wish this article to come across in this way, but I want to address a very good question I have been asked before:

What if a believer is made to take the mark of the beast against his will? Will he be damned to hell?

That’s a horrific thought… to live your whole life in obedience to Christ and then lose it all after having the mark of the beast forced upon you. Well, here’s my question:

What if an unbeliever were to lose his mark? Does that mean he’s no longer damned?

Jesus says no to both. Jesus says once He has you, He always has you. You are His forever.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. “I and the Father are one.” // John 10:27-30 NASB

If a believer were made to take the mark against His will, Jesus says he has already been kept from perishing because of His finished work at the Cross. Jesus also says the only “work” a man can do for his salvation is believe in Him whom God has sent, not accept or deny any physical mark.

Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” // John 6:28-29 NASB (see also John 5:24)

If an unbeliever were to lose his mark, his decision to receive it would remain. In fact, Scripture says that by default man has already decided. So, the physical act of receiving a mark leaves him no worse off than he already was without Christ.

Consider this also: if a man lost his mark, it would be no different than a man becoming unmarried upon the loss of his ring. The mark, if it is a physical mark, will be an outward sign of an inward reality. That means it’s a heart issue. It always is to God.

Let’s examine the passage in Revelation to see if it backs up my claim.

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, // Revelation 14:9 NASB

The order of events is as follows: the person worships the beast and then the person receives the mark. The decision of the heart precedes the marking.

What does this mean for us? It means that the mark is not merely a physical mark. This is why I don’t believe there’s any Scriptural reason to be that concerned about RFID tags or microchips under the skin. And I want you to know, I used to believe those things. My mind has been changed through an in-depth study of God’s Word and through knowing who God really is… knowing His character.

The one who doesn’t believe. If you’ve noticed, I used the word “unbeliever” to describe someone who has not come to know Jesus. That is because man is not a neutral being in his relation to God [Ephesians 2:1-3, Colossians 1:21]. He already doesn’t believe. This is mankind’s default position before a Holy God. Accepting a physical mark won’t make it any worse. People who will be eternally separated from God will have never known Jesus to begin with. Again, it is a heart decision.

Where did the idea of a skinchip come from? The idea of microchips under the skin, RFID tags and cashless societies as something that the Antichrist will usher in is based on an erroneous interpretation of Revelation 13:16-17 and it has attached itself to the idea of the revived Roman Empire scenario of end-time events. Here are the verses in question:

// Revelation 13:16-17 NASB [16] And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,

It will indeed be a physical mark.

[17] and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

And you’ll need the mark to buy or sell.

What it does not say is that we will no longer use money to buy or sell. It does not say we will have a cashless society based on a computer chip under the skin or RFID tags. All it says is that whoever does not have the mark will not be able to buy or sell. It’s really quite silent on the medium of exchange.

All roads do not lead to Rome. Furthermore, as a result of studying God’s Word, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that a revived Roman Empire is not Scriptural to begin with (Daniel’s 12:4 prophecy is indeed coming true!). This idea is based on an incomplete interpretation of Daniel 9:26.

Because Rome is part of the western world, the revived Roman Empire scenario is thought to be built upon scientific technology, the United Nations, World Banks, etc. I do not deny that the western world is trying to usher in a one-world government by using these things. I just don’t believe Scripture’s description of the end-time kingdom and sequence of events fits the West. If you are new to this idea, I invite you to evaluate this web site. For starters, here’s one very good scriptural reason for you to consider.

God looks at the heart. He always has. And for a God who doesn’t change, there’s no reason to believe it will be any different at the time of the end.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” // 1 Samuel 16:7 NASB

Here is an additional article on the matter: The Seal of God vs. ‘The Mark of the Beast’

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