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What is the MARK OF THE BEAST?
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The mark of the beast is a certain mark mentioned in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation.  The mark is a symbolic representation of a truth.  It is something that the enemies of God spiritually bear as proof that they will not inherit eternal life (the immortality promised by God through in His Son, the Lord Jesus).

In order for people to receive a literal mark – be it a chip, tattoo, brand, or any other physical manifestation, there must be something true, spiritually, that prepares the way first, in the heart (Matthew 7:15-20). Keep in mind that it is not a physical act that “seals one’s fate” (Romans 2:5-11). Everyone’s eternal destination will be rooted in whether or not they’ve abided in the salvation of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. If there is a physical manifestation, then it is only reflective of what is already true, spiritually.

The mark is best expressed in the Arabic phrase: “Allah is no Father” or “God is not the Father.” Jesus alludes to this fact when speaking to the Pharisees in one instance, and Nicodemus in another.  Additionally, the Arabic script for the phrase “Allah is not a Father” or “God is not the Father” is similar (nearly identical) to the number 666 contained in the Codex Vaticanus.  Here are screen shots from Google translate (reading the above mark from right to left as it would be done in Arabic):

Father
A visual translation of the word Father into Arabic script
Allah
Visual translation of Allah into Arabic script
No (negation)
Translation of the word no into Arabic script


A summary of what the mark is two-fold:
 
    1. This is the mark on the forehead – the place of belief: Willfull opposition to the sonship of Jesus (Matthew 10:33; 1 John 2:22-23) and His Gospel that teaches one must -themselves- be a son of God to be saved (John 3:5-7).  It is the denial of either Jesus as the son of God, or denying that the saved are those who are literal sons of God by His Spirit (1 John 4:9; 1 John 5:1)

    2.  This is the mark in the hand – the place of action:  Active lawlessness that proves one is not born of God (1 John 2:4; Matthew 7:22-24; Luke 5:32; Luke 13:3; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 2:38)

The mark can be in either the forehead OR hand (Revelation 13:16).  It doesn’t have to be in both places.  This is why Jesus tells people that some will confess His name (they believe in their heads – so no mark of the beast on their forehead), but by their actions they will deny him (workers of iniquity/lawlessness – their actions prove they have the mark in their hand – the place of action). (See Matthew 15:8)

Other than the book of Revelation, the two places that mention the number 666 in scripture are connected to:

    1.  A man whose name means “My Lord Arises” and/or “Lord of Enemies”
    2.  The turning of one’s heart from the God and Father of Jesus because of riches or lust