By Ron Abbass Posted for Saturday & Sunday, Dec.21 & 22, 2013
As noted in part 1, before one can come to a true understanding of the “mark of the beast”, one must first know and understand the meaning of the “Seal (Mark)of the living God” and the symbolic meaning of “hand” and “forehead” as revealed in the Old Testament.
Here’s the meaning of the “Seal (Mark) of the living God”.
The “Seal (Mark) of the Living God” are his commandments, which will be placed on your hand and in your forehead. It is a spiritual mark — not a physical micro-chip placed in your hand or forehead.
Your “forehead” symbolically represents your inner convictions, your beliefs, your faith, your MENTAL acceptance of God’s commandments. Symbolically, your “hand” represents your outward behaviour, the carrying out of something, your actions — the obeying and doing of God’s commandments.
Here’s the scriptural proof of the above.
Ex. 13 :16 And it shall be for a token (mark) upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes (forehead): for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.
Deut. 6 :8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign (mark) upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes (forehead).
Deut. 11 : 13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deut.11: 18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign (mark) upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes (forehead).
These texts are a reference to keeping God’s Passover and his commandments which when you observe, practice, follow them, they will become like a “token”, “sign” (MARK) on your HAND and like frontlets (band/charm/gem) between your eyes (FOREHEAD).
In other words, you won’t mentally forget (forehead) to observe and DO (hand) God’s commandments, which also include his annual sabbatical feast days. (continues below picture)
Please notice in Rev.14 :11-12, the following 2 scriptures.
Verse 11 “…they have NO REST day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Verse 12— “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that KEEP the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
When you KEEP the commandments of God, you have A DAY OF REST (7th day Sabbath), including several annual Sabbath feast days, during which time you are NOT permitted “TO BUY OR SELL”. (see Nehemiah chpt.13: 19-21 against buying or selling on the Sabbath days)
On the other hand, you will notice in verse 11 that those who have the “mark of the beast” have NO “day of rest” and they can “buy or sell” each and every day of the week.
Either unwittingly or willingly, those with the “mark of the beast” have mentally (forehead) and behaviourally (hand) rejected God, his commands and his son.
In short, those who ARE NOT obeying the commandments of God have accepted “the mark of the beast”.
–Here’s scriptural proof that the “Mark of the Beast”, like the “Seal(Mark) of the living God” is also a spiritual mark and not a physical micro-chip implant!
In Rev. chpt 14 verse 9 the following is recorded: –“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”…
Please take note, the master key-word in understanding the mark of the beast and the seal of God is WORSHIP.
How do you WORSHIP the Creator-God, the great “I AM THAT I AM”? One must keep his commands and statutes?!
How does one worship the beast? It is following and observing his man-made-doctrines, traditions and feasts in disobedience and rejection of God’s commands and statutes.
The mark of the beast is a spiritual mark–it’s a worshipping of Satan/beast.
In sum, both the “Mark of the Beast” and the “Seal (mark) of the living God” are spiritual marks within a person’s forehead and hand. That is, a person is either worshipping and obeying Satan, or, is worshipping and obeying the Creator-God, the great “I AM THAT I AM”! So be it!
As a postscript sidebar: here’s what will happen to those who worship and have the “mark of the beast”. It ain’t pretty.
Rev.chpt. 14 verse 10 “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:”
My Sources: (1) years of personal research into various articles on the mark of the beast
(2) New Jerusalem Bible
(3) King James Bible
(4) Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance With Hebrew and Greek Dictionary