"Mark of the Beast" – What is it?

In one of our services, Pastor Karl taught about this mark (the number 666 as stated in Revelation 13:18) that will be necessary if people are to buy or sell anything. The Bible says that those who do not bear this mark, will not be able to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:17).

So what is this “mark?” Scholars suggest that this mark will be a microchip embedded under the skin of one’s forehead or the back of the hand. The subcutaneous (below the skin) chip will contain all biological, personal and financial information about the bearer. For every commercial transaction, the person will need to get his/her chip scanned by a chip-reader, the way bar codes are scanned by an optical reader at supermarkets. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

The Indian Government has embarked on a massive project (see earlier post) to issue Biometric Unique Identification Cards (UID) to each of India’s 1.2 billion citizens! Jesus has blessed India with terrific talent in diverse fields, especially technology. If the management and logistics fall in place, this project is likely to succeed. Now here are 2 questions for you all:

  1. Is the Biometric ID Card the mark of the Beast?
  2. Can a Christian who wilfully chooses receives this mark become “un-saved” and therefore hell-bound?

Drop-in your comments and opinions. It’ll make for an interesting discussion, I’m sure.

  1. #1 by Marianne on August 28, 2009 - 9:15 PM

    the mark indicates obedience to and worship to the beast.

    people being forced to take a chip does not sound like worship….

    maybe it is not a chip, but something more spiritual in meaning…..

    hands = works
    head = mind, attitude

  2. #2 by dmcal52 on November 29, 2009 - 7:20 AM

    Hello! Well, the fact that we already have in the working’s a literal device, that is being manufactured to go under ones literal skin for the purpose of making purchases would be a no brainer. Unless you want to chalk it up to one heck of a coincidence. Since we can see the technology for the literal fulfillment of this prophecy and the fact that there is nothing in the verse that would suggest a symbolic interpretation, it would be prudent to not have anything implanted under ones skin for the purpose of buying or selling. A good rule of thumb in studying the book of Revelation is “If the literal sense makes good sense, then don’t seek any other sense.” I can just see it now, people believing in a sybolic interpretation, who had received the literal mark, standing before God and saying:

    “You mean your word means exactly what it literally says?!”

    • #3 by kitoomal on November 29, 2009 - 2:34 PM

      Hello and thanks for your comment!

      Much as I appreciate Marianne’s comment that preceded yours, I agree with you on playing it safe. If we are not absolutely sure of what the mark means, we should desist from being party to such experiments or practices. The best way would be to pray, resist the devil, the world and the flesh; and seek God’s face and prepare ourselves for the Rapture – this way we can avoid having to “stay back” and suffer the trials that the 7-year tribulation brings with it.

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