WHAT IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST? (Expanded Version)
Updated: Mar 2, 2022
Bible prophecy is a very tricky subject and intentionally vague. Prophecy is often mysterious because only God can help us understand the deep spiritual matters of His Word, and only if we are worthy of that understanding (Dan. 10:11-12). For this reason, we should be careful not to become overly confident or dogmatic about our interpretation of the mark of the beast. The last thing we want is to make a tragic mistake and discover too late we were wrong to the detriment of our soul. Therefore it is wise to look at this issue in terms of likely candidates. The following sections will provide the most likely candidates to fulfill the mark of the beast criteria. We will also examine the features associated with the mark that are not so mysterious or ambiguous and easy to identify. Those are the ones we will seek to highlight throughout this study.
DECODING THE "MARK" OF REVELATION 13
"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. 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" (Rev. 13:16-18).
There are several things to note about this mark that may help us decode it:
1. The word "mark" is derived from the Greek charagma (Strong's Number G5480), which has the following meaning: "a stamp, scratch, or etching, a token of servitude" (see here). This would signal a physical application rather than a spiritual or symbolic one as some believe. Also, the fact that the first beast causes (by implication forces or compels) mankind to "receive" this mark further supports the notion of a physical brand of some kind.
2. All people everywhere, regardless of social and economic status, will be made to take it.
3. The mark is taken in the "right hand" or forehead. But the mere fact that the right hand is mentioned may not necessarily exclude a left hand application. In the Hebrew culture of Christ's day, the "right hand" was a way of describing your good hand. It is more figurative than literal, as made clear in the following verses:
"And if thy right hand offend thee..." (Mat. 5:30).
"And if thy hand offend thee..." (Mar. 9:43).
"And if thy right eye offend thee..." (Mat. 5:29).
"...but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek..." (Mat. 5:39).
We should also leave ourselves open to the possibility that the hand and arm are interchangeable terms of biblical language (the hand being an extension of the arm). It is possible that the Bible does not make a concrete distinction between these two.
4. Buying and selling is restricted to only those who accept the antichrist's mark. Obviously, governments will have to use some kind of new system to distinguish between those who have the mark and those who don't. A cashless society based on digital money is the only way to achieve this (see here). Otherwise, we would still be able to buy and sell without the mark.
5. The mark contains the name of the beast and the number of his name.
6. The number of the beast's name is 666. The wise are instructed to calculate this number against the beast's name using gematria. This is yet another reason that should deter us from interpreting the mark in a metaphorical or symbolic manner.
7. The mark corresponds to the worship of the beast (Rev. 14:9; 16:2).
8. The mark is also known as the "mark of his name" (Rev. 14:11).
9. Those who receive the mark are eternally damned and forfeit their right to salvation:
"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: 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. 14:9-11).
So these are the most obvious characteristics surrounding the antichrist's mark and they also provide the criteria necessary to identify it.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST: WHAT WE KNOW FOR SURE
The most obvious and unmistakable traits of the mark are as follows:
1. Everyone will be forced to take it.
2. No one will be able to buy or sell without it.
3. It will be tangibly connected to the name of the beast (perhaps containing lucifer's name) and the number of his name--666.
IS THE MARK OF THE BEAST SPIRITUAL?
A growing number of Christians prefer to spiritualize the mark and make it strictly symbolic, rather than literal and physical. As a result, they view the mark as corresponding to a distinguishing action or mindset. The mark in the right hand or forehead is therefore symbolic for those whose actions and thoughts align with the antichrist. This view stems from a misunderstanding of Exodus 13:16, Deuteronomy 6:8, and 11:18. In these passages, God commands Israel to bind His law around their hand and to place it as frontlets between their eyes (the forehead). This physical act was meant to remind the people of Israel to observe God's law without fail, and to never forget it. Proponents of a spiritual mark prefer to believe that the binding of the law around the hand and the placing of it between the eyes (or on the forehead) is merely symbolic, and never meant to be obeyed physically, but rather spiritually. However, all of the evidence suggests that the binding of the law around the hand and head, in the form of phylacteries, was to be a real physical act. Just as much so as the law being written on the doorposts and gates of your house, in the very next verse (Deut. 6:9). Therefore a problem arises when the terminology used in these Old Testament passages is superimposed on the mark of the beast passages in Revelation 13. The hand, it is said, is symbolic for our actions or activity, while the forehead is symbolic for our thoughts or way of thinking.
I have considered this view thoughtfully and even entertained it as a possibility for some time. But I ultimately rejected it for the following reasons:
1. According to the Greek, charagma is a physical mark like that which was commonly employed in the branding of slaves.
2. Invisible marks cannot prevent you from buying and selling. There is really no way to restrict buying and selling to only those who think and act like the antichrist, if the mark isn't physical.
3. Most humans are already predisposed towards evil and no one has to force us to think or act evil since it comes naturally. So why force everyone (big and small) to comply with a system of thinking and doing that has always branded them anyway?
4. The mark contains the beast's name and the number of his name. It is directly connected to the tangible number 666 and must be calculated against the beast's name using gematria. You simply can't run any calculations on spiritual or non tangible items.
5. If the mark is spiritual then it cannot be seen by our eyes or deciphered by our mind. And yet we are instructed to calculate it, "here is wisdom...Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast..." If something is invisible and not meant to be identified, then wisdom isn't required. But wisdom and understanding are needed to calculate the number of the beast's name and match it directly to 666.
6. An invisible mark tied to our actions and thoughts will not distinguish Rev. 13 as an extraordinary event from anything else in human history. So if it's a system of thoughts and actions that we must resist, or be damned, then God is playing a cruel trick. Why disguise it in so much coded language if this is nothing more than refusing to act and think like satan?
7. Whatever it is, the mark must be properly identified in order to be consciously refused. Something invisible cannot be identified.
THE MOST LIKELY CANDIDATES
To the best of my knowledge, current technological trends are producing the most likely candidates for the mark of the beast. The reason for this is that they easily fulfill all of the identifying characteristics associated with it. Notice:
An RFID microchip can be implanted in the hand or head (see here, here, and here). It can be used for identifying all people everywhere, as with the new ID 2020 initiative (see here and here). It can restrict economic commerce such as buying and selling to only those who have it (see here and here). It can be used to track people's movements, pinpointing their exact location via satellite (see here, here, and here). It can influence people's thinking (see here, here, here, here, and here), leading to the worship of antichrist. And it can even contain a special barcode like number based on a universal default value of 666 (see here and here).
Covid vaccines are suspect for the mere fact that they can be used as a delivery mechanism for injecting tiny nano-sized microchips into people without their knowledge or consent (see here, here, here, here, and here). Perhaps that's why there is such a tremendous push to get everyone COVID vaccinated and the option to opt out is fading faster by the day, as evidenced by these shocking new statements from government officials (see here and here).
Something that may further substantiate the idea of microchipping people with a vaccine is the fact that Prince, a popular rock 'n roll musician from the 80s and 90s, wrote a song in 1996 titled "New World" with the following lyrics:
"When you wanna find some isolation But the TRACKER you got from VACCINATION (Keeps playing) Keeps playing - "you'll never walk alone" (Over and over) They're always listening, especially on the phone". (see here)
It's highly possible that Prince was using sorcery and witchcraft to gain insight into the future when composing this song. Or he may have been connected to high ranking individuals who revealed to him these details long in advance. Either way, the fact that tracking sensors are now in use in the pentagon's new COVID microchip is indisputable (see minute marker 14:00 in the below video clip).
QUANTUM DOT TATTOOS
The quantum dot tattoo is yet another mark of the beast candidate that needs to be carefully avoided. It too has all of the earmarks of an antichrist mark that can be used to track and identify every living person:
"For the people overseeing nationwide vaccination initiatives in developing countries, keeping track of who had which vaccination and when can be a tough task. But researchers from MIT might have a solution: they've created an ink that can be safely embedded in the skin alongside the vaccine itself, and it's only visible using a special smartphone camera app and filter." (see here)
2020: The Year of Satan
"Satan has found his soulmate. Her name is 2020. That's the theme of a new Match.com ad that's gaining steam on social media" (see here and here).
In January of 2020, Netflix released their new TV series "messiah", which turned a false christ or antichrist into a celebrated superhero and savior (see here and here). Then later after the pandemic began, the mainstream media promoted the above parody involving Satan and 2020. Coincidence? As it turned out, the whole of 2020 was awash in the number 666 from start to finish. And perhaps we shouldn't ignore that. For instance, consider the TRACE ACT, produced by the US House of Representatives and brought before congress in May of 2020. This bill is officially called H.R. 6666 and contains dystopian measures of control and surveillance (see here). Or what about the US patent application #WO2020060606A1 filed by Gates's Microsoft corporation in March of 2020? Interestingly enough, it contains a new technology that would use body activity data to mine cryptocurrency (see here). Many believe the entire patent number WO 2020 060606 stands for World Order 2020 666. And finally, consider the 6 foot social distancing rule. There are 6s now stamped in almost every shop and public building across much of the world, as demonstrated in the following picture taken at my local bank.
HOW 5G AND VACCINES ARE SETTING THE STAGE FOR TRANSHUMANISM (TOWER OF BABEL 2.0)
All of the new technologies highlighted so far are leading us into the technocratic future of transhumanism. Transhumanism is the idea that humans and computers can merge to form a super race of men known as cyborgs. It is hoped, that eventually, cyborgs will become indestructible and impervious to biological disease. But this is the false promise being dangled like a carrot in front of the noses of unsuspecting humans who don't understand satan's agenda for the total enslavement of humanity. They simply don't realize that while God created free will and choice, satan aims to reduce the human race to the level of mindless robots taking their orders from the luciferian elites. This is the true goal of those in power and they will not be stopped until Christ returns to put an end to their diabolical plans, [WHICH IS SET TO HAPPEN SOON, HALLELUJAH!] So what are the technological features of this agenda and how is it being implemented right now? Here's what you need to know:
5G has the power to beam a wide array of new radio frequencies in the range of 30 GHz to 300 GHz (see here and here). These higher radio frequencies have been the subject of mind control experiments carried out by the US government and the CIA in particular for many years (see here, here, here, and here).
Graphene oxide, which is now being found in the new COVID vaccines in large amounts (see here, here, here, here, and here), is self assembling when coming in contact with electrical energy (see here and here). Furthermore, it can easily sustain an electromagnetic field (see here and here).
The way 5G frequencies correspond to graphene oxide is still a mystery, but worth noting even so. For now, we can only speculate about the possible connections between the 5G radio frequencies and the nano graphene oxide contained in the vaccines and how they may somehow interact to control the human mind. Nevertheless, if the purpose of these new technologies is to facilitate transhumanism and the creation of human cyborgs, we can be sure that the entire apparatus is tainted by the mark of the beast.
In 2018, Netflix released an episode of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters called "Masters of Order" (see here). This cartoon episode meant for children is the best example of what the mark of the beast would look like in a technocratic society of transhumanism. There are several important things to note about this episode:
1. People line up to receive a "smart mark" implanted into their wrists, which is used for buying and selling.
2. One of the characters announces that "world order is our destiny".
3. A 5G tower is clearly being used for mass mind control towards the end.
SATAN WORSHIP IS THE NEW NORM IN HOLLYWOOD
For years, the entertainment industry has been priming us for antichrist worship by flashing elements of satanism before our eyes and those of our children. And they've done so repeatedly and frequently over the course of many decades. Sadly, there has been very little public outrage or push back over it. So the fact that we are truly on the brink of universal satan worship should come as no surprise. I have no doubt that when the antichrist moves to secure global power over the masses, people will be willing and ready to accept him. And the mark of the beast system that is now being implemented in incremental phases around the globe looks to be the first step in that direction.
Now while I hesitate to pinpoint which part of the new technocracy will directly fulfill the mark of the beast, I am most persuaded by the potential contained in the RFID microchip. It is very likely that a microchip in the hand or head will soon be required in order to validate people's vaccine status. Either way, whichever direction it goes will become clear in the coming days.
Still, I strongly caution the Body of Christ to remain more vigilant now than ever before, especially as even more vaccine mandates are set to roll out. By no means should you capitulate to any of these mandates. To do so may result in the forfeiture of your eternal salvation. God is presently testing the Church to see how much we will be willing to compromise with future antichrist mandates similar to those we have now. Let me remind you that your eternity is far more valuable than the remaining few years on this planet, and none of us is even guaranteed tomorrow.
Having said that, let me be clear about an important question making the rounds lately. Many Christians are wondering about whether or not the COVID vaccine is the actual mark of the beast. My simple answer to this is... I don't believe so. At least not in the way they have been administered up until now. Obviously, most of us are still able to buy and sell fine without the vaccine and a profusion of paper cash is still around in the event we need it. However, once a cashless society is firmly in place and we are no longer able to buy and sell without the COVID vaccine, I would venture to stake your eternity on whether or not you take it. Yet still, my advice is as follows: DO NOT TAKE THIS COVID VACCINE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! The physical harm alone from this vaccine should be enough to deter you. And if you think you can play the fool with God on this matter let me leave you with the following scriptural warning: