Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
We use all sorts of markings in our lives. We make marks on walls for where we want pictures to hang. We may even mark a wall to indicate where the wall is to placed during construction. Indeed, I am well aware of a floor that a “4” etched into it. The number is etched on several concrete slabs that make up the floor, all of which are aligned one to another. A quick count reveals that the “4” is on a slab that is four slabs over from the northern face of the building. Yep, marks serve a useful purpose.
The Bible also discusses marks. In truth, it discusses many different marks, but there is only one that I am looking at. It occurs in the Apocalypse. In the 13th chapter, at verse 16, we read “Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead”. Verse 17 goes on to state that none may buy or sell unless they have this mark. It also reveals that this make is the name and number of a man.
Many Christians, when talking about eschatology, they mistakenly call the one world leader “The Anti-Christ”. Honestly, this one world leader is an anti-Christ, no mistake there. The problem is that his not referenced to as being “The Anti-Christ”. Nope. Not once in that final book of the Bible do we find it. Rather, he is called “The Beast”.
There have been many world leaders who were considered “The Anti-Christ”. There are some world leaders today that some think could be this notorious of figures. In truth, I even have my speculations. However, although these were or are a form of anti-Christ, the question is which one is “The Beast”? The Bible gives clues in the Apocalypse regarding what to expect. However, the biggest clue is his mark. Alas, there is no indication that chopping off your head or being beheaded will spare you from an eternity in Hell if you take this mark, so don’t try getting sly, others have already suggested it.
I can’t say what the mark will look like. It will likely be something that is highly visible, otherwise it would be difficult to know who does or does not have it. Admittedly, an RFID chip could accomplish part of what the mark is for, but that is invisible and would not fulfill the other problem with it. Specifically, the mark is a sign of allegiance to “The Beast” and a rejection of God, and of Christ Jesus. I will say that I’d rather die than get this mark, in any form.
Some marks are quite useful. Others, no so much so. The mark of “The Beast” is only useful if you want to spend an eternity in Hell. Christ Jesus died upon the cross so we could live for eternity with him. Accepting the mark will only give you a one way ticket to Hell.
Choose this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord. (Truncated from Joshua 24:15).