Is The Mark Of The Beast A Literal Mark Or Is It Symbolic?

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Revelation 13:17-18 

17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a person. Its number is 666.


The Greek word used for “mark” is charagma which gives the meaning of something engraved or stamped. Mind you, the only way to buy food, material needs is by having identification on your body. The 666 on the body shows that, that person has chosen Satan over Christ and now belongs to the devil. The only way you can do business with people and for them to know which side you are on is by seeing a visible mark [666] on the body.

In verse 17, it says “that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark”, the mark of the beast will work alongside with our currency. The name of the beast/antichrist or his number has to be visible for the buyer or seller to actually do business or else they won’t be permitted. The 666 can be seen as a permit to do business. But, it won’t be as we have permits today, a paper to carry with you, it will be on you.  

Just look at our money, for instance, on the dollar or bill it has a distinct mark if seen through the light to show its authenticity. Anyone can counterfeit money but the mark on it shows if it belongs to the United States or it does not. 

Let’s look at verse 16 which says, “16 And it makes everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead”

Everyone is given something that is either tangible or visible as the word “receive” is mentioned. And, it is to be placed on our body, “the right hand or on the forehead”, where it will be the most visible. 

John who wrote the Book of Revelation witnessed the future generation who would receive the mark of the beast, truly something noticeable was being put in their bodies as John saw or could tell that it was the beast’s name or number. 

Some Christians believe that the mark of the beast, the 666 will be symbolic, that in itself is so dangerous to believe and teach to others. We are responsible for handling the Word of God properly and correctly by giving such an interpretation as being a symbolic Mark, the 666, you are setting people up to be deceived in receiving a visible mark, thinking to themselves it is symbolic so it’s okay to get it. You will be doing the opposite, instead of sending people to Christ, you will set them up to receive the antichrist, the devil. 

We as believers must be better than this and especially spreading it around by reblogging it. You are doing great damage. 

2 Timothy 2:15 

15 Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.

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Jesus Described The Coming Of The Antichrist

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The Antichrist, his image and the false prophet (Revelation 13; 16:13; 19:20)

Mark 13:14-20

14 “When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing where it should not” (let the reader understand), “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! 15 A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house. 16 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes. 17 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days! 18 Pray it won’t happen in winter. 19 For those will be days of tribulation, the kind that hasn’t been from the beginning of the world, which God created, until now and never will be again! 20 Unless the Lord limited those days, no one would survive. But He limited those days because of the elect, whom He chose.

Here Jesus was describing the Antichrist, a time that’s unmatched by any other since the world began. Before the man of lawlessness can display himself in the world stage, there must be a third temple. I say that because he will put his image on the wing or corner of the temple and that cannot happen if there isn’t one (Revelation 13:14-15).

Right now as I write this, the Jewish people who belong to The Temple Institute and the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement, are the ones who want the third temple built. They already have all the articles described in the Books of the Pentateuch (Torah) and the red heifer (Numbers 19:1-22). I believe that the Antichrist will be the one to give the Israelis the green light to construct the temple through the seven-year treaty which he will break after 3 1/2 years so that he can take control of it and proclaim to be God himself (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is how close we are to the return of Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we can rejoice even in this because we know that the outcome of Satan, the Antichrist and the demonic forces, all of them will be thrown into the Lake of Fire that burns forever and ever (Revelation 20:10). All the Christians who truly were faithful to God’s Word and who have the Holy Spirit will be with Him in paradise always with joy that’s indescribable.

Do Not Receive The Mark Of The Beast

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Revelation 13:16-18

16 And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom: The one who has understanding must calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666.

Starting from Chapter 12:7 all the way through Chapter 13 which connects in sequence, the second half of the seven years of the tribulation, Satan gets defeated by Michael and his angels (the war in heaven). Satan is thrown down and comes in fury to the earth and establishes his supreme rule on the earth for a short time. The image of the Beast (the Antichrist) is put on the corner of the third temple in Jerusalem and he will claim to be God and demand worship. The Devil first goes after the woman which is Israel but Israel gets protected. He then changes his focus and goes after the Christians and messianic Jews spread out all over the world to force them to either receive his mark and worship the image he has set up on the third temple or go to prison or death.

Revelation 13:10

If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed. This demands the perseverance and faith of the saints.    


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Revelation 14:9-12

9 And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, 11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name. 12 This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.”

The question that a lot of Christians asks is, can a person after receiving the mark of the Beast have a chance to be saved? The answer is no. Receiving the mark of the Beast is not only putting a mark on you but that mark signifies that you belong to the Devil. Also, you have to give your alliance to the Satanic system and worship the Beast’s image. Anyone who receives the mark of the Beast will never get saved because in their hearts they have rejected Jesus Christ, look at verse 12 and see that it demands from all the saint’s perseverance in the matter of not receiving the mark. A person who is truly saved will never accept the mark but one who claims to follow Jesus but receives the mark was never saved in the first place as seen in 1 John 2:19 which says, 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.
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The Lake of Fire is a never-ending torment for those who reject Jesus by accepting or receiving the mark of the Beast. Whatever you do, do not get the mark of the Beast but put your faith and trust in Jesus’ sacrifice, that He died for your sins and on the third day He rose from the grave and reigns at the right hand of God the Father.

Revelation 15:2

2 I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image, and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.

Here we see that those who are victorious are the individuals who will refuse to take the mark of the Beast and worship his image. Those that die for Christ by not taking the mark will stand in the presence of the Living God to praise Him. That is something to look forward to.