The scare tactics that arise from the misuse of Scripture are as varied as the phobias in a psych ward. Are Christians so gullible that they buy into this like a Christian version of the National Enquirer? Yes indeed.
Stop just for a moment and ask yourself: Should we ever be motivated by fear when perfect love casts out all fear? Are you gaining faith or embracing fear by the “mark of the beast” teachings?
MARK IT! THE HEBREW CONCEPT OF THE MARK-SEAL:
Much of the book of Revelation is paralleled in Ezekiel in content, outline and concept of judgment on Israel. Ezekiel 9:3-4 is a description of “the mark”:
3 Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; 4 and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”
In this chapter an angel is dispatched to mark those who would be saved from the coming judgment. The mark was not a natural one, nor with tattoo ink, but was a spiritual identification as to who were authentically God’s faithful ones. Those who identified with the Lord, evidenced by their mourning for the sins of the city, were to be safe from the coming wrath in the form of Babylon’s destruction of the city.
The Hebrew concept of the seal, or the mark, was one which was spiritual. It was an identification of the remnant of Jerusalem whose hearts aligned with heaven.
Now, look at Revelation 14:1, 8-10,
“Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…
And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God…”
Compare Ezekiel and Revelation:
1. Angels associated with the activity.
2. A Remnant of Believing Jews (144,000) who are marked spiritually.
Again notice the theme in Revelation 7:3-4, “saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed…”
If the mark of the beast is an RFID chip, do we really think that God is going to seal-mark the Christians with micro-chips too? Friends, it is a spiritual identification of alignment, not a literal mark of any natural order.
Notice too, what these marked-sealed ones are called:
Revelation 14:3-4, “and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as FIRSTFRUITS for God and the Lamb…”
Let me ask you a question… how many FIRST-fruits are there? Only one, right. Therefore the mark of the beast in the same context and same chapter can only be happening in that first generation as well! In fact, James said he was one of those first-fruits in James 1:18
Just as in Ezekiel “Babylon” is associated with the story, except this time God calls Jerusalem, “Babylon” because it had become worse than ancient Babylon. The great city was given many names, spiritually speaking because it had become the most wicked generation in history. Peter calls Jerusalem “Babylon” in 1 Peter 5:13. There is no need for some future revived Babylon, nor is it America. The scriptures are plain that it was Jerusalem.
John writes about the great fallen city in Revelation 11:8, “And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called SODOM and EGYPT, WHERE also our Lord was CRUCIFIED.” (
Jerusalem, after murdering the prophets and the saints and crucifying Christ, was the city that fell to Rome in AD 70,just as Jesus predicted
It was called Babylon because the name means “confusion”. It was called Sodom because the sins of Jerusalem were greater than that of Sodom
. It was called Hagar-Egypt
because the religious Law system was keeping people in bondage and another great Exodus was about to happen. The last Exodus was when the saints, seeing the Roman armies approaching, were to flee Jerusalem according to the prophecy of Jesus in the Olivet Discourse.
This is exactly what happened in history and it is believed that not one Christian (believing Jew) died by heeding Jesus’ words.