The Mark of the Beast as a Spiritual Symbol

A popular argument is that the Mark of the Beast is only a spiritual symbol. As it goes, our forehead represents our thoughts, and our right hand represents our actions [1]. That by thinking a certain way, and doing or not doing certain things, we are damning ourselves to the lake of fire (Revelation 19:20). This may be a compelling argument but it's not the complete picture.

There are various other interpretations floating around the Internet. They range anywhere from the Mark of the Beast being money (Mark 12:14-17) to the Mark being Sunday worship (Colossians 2:16). These interpretations can be convincing at first but do not hold up to diligent study.

The RaptureMany Christians would prefer to forget all about the Mark of the Beast. It's a popular belief that Jesus will return at any moment, that we'll be raptured up in the twinkling of an eye without any warning because we are good Christian boys and girls [2].

This interpretation of Scripture has been popularized by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in their Left Behind series. These two men have gotten filthy rich off their books, all the while claiming that it's Truth [3]. Don't forget that the truth is free (Matthew 10:8, Romans 5:18). They even go as far as to say that a Christian can receive both God's seal and the Mark of the Beast [4], a very dangerous idea if not an outright lie!

So in their view why even worry about microchip implants when we'll be long gone, watching the destruction from above? [5] After all, only the bad Christian boys and girls along with those unlucky and disobedient Jews and Gentiles will be stuck on this earth to be tried and purified by the Almighty. Heck, you can even be forced to take the Mark of the Beast as long as you believed in Christ first.

But we're told to watch!

The Scriptures tell us clearly that the Lord Jesus will come like a thief in the night to those who are not watching (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6). So if we are diligent in our study of God's Word, and pay attention to the signs of the times, we will be ready for His return. We'll see God's glorious plan unfold right before our awestruck eyes.

We are told plainly that Jesus won't return until many leave their walk with God and the Antichrist is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3). And everyone knows that along with the Antichrist comes the Mark of the Beast.

Revelation 13:16-17
  1. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
  2. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Many Christians will tell you to forget about all that. They'll tell you that nothing needs to happen before Jesus returns. "Come listen to our ear-pleasing rendition of the Scriptures," they'll say. "Come, eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we'll be saved." (1 Corinthians 15:32)

Jesus is coming to divide (Matthew 25:32, Matthew 3:12) and conquer (Revelation 12:9), only it might not happen the same way many of us have been taught [6] and many of us hope [7].

Will we be forced to die for our faith like the millions before us? Will we be given a choice? Or will we be swept away in a cloud for all the good that's in us and all the good we've done? (Romans 3:10-12) I say we will have a choice, as I believe does God's Word and the history behind us. Many have died for their faith rather than renounce Christ or their belief in Scripture.

Back to the subject at hand. Is the Mark of the Beast a RFID microchip implant? Many present sound doctrine in their study but are reckless when they choose to ignore the plain language of Revelation in order to shoot down such modern interpretations [8]. But if Revelation is primarily a prophetic book then a modern interpretation is very appropriate.

So can a cutting-edge microchip fit the role of the Mark of the Beast? An overwhelming amount of evidence points to yes, a resounding yes, a trumpet blasting yes!

Read your Bible!
Verses referenced in this study:

  • Matthew 3:12; 10:8; 25:32
  • Mark 12:14-17
  • Romans 3:10-12; 5:18
  • 1 Corinthians 15:32
  • Colossians 2:16
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
  • Revelation 12:9; 13:16-17; 19:20

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The Left Behind Series

by Anonymous - 11/16/10 7:08 PM
No where does Lahaye/Jenkins say that their story is true. It is one possible way that Tribulation may look. The series did a lot for me in understanding prophecy. There was one character who was given the mark of the beast after he was drugged. He was ready to die... more...

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RE:The Left Behind Series

by Likcre' - 4/21/17 2:52 PM
People are speculating everything through reading the bible in its literal sense, but what many aren't aware is that, the things that were veiled are being revealed to the Elect through the Holy Spirit. The reason why the elect cannot be deceived is because they... more...

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The Mark is Literal

by Gavril Michelle - 6/20/12 12:34 AM
We all need to be looking for the Holy Ghost to live through us, as for those who dont believe His sheep know His voice. You were called to be free, but do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature rather serve one another in love.

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RE: The Mark is Literal

by Liz - 4/21/17 2:01 PM
The mark of the beast is spiritual. Buying means 'acquire for oneself', and selling means to alienate. Buying/acquiring falsities by selling/alienating/separating oneself from Jesus. The true followers of Christ are 'bought/acquired' at a price, by... more...

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mark of the beast

by lisa nichols69 - 3/23/17 2:55 PM
I believe the mark may look similar to a horseshoe just tilted to the right, the rt side longer up then slightly to the rt again the lf side a curve to lf then out and under back again almost a circle

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mark of the beast

by xxx - 10/03/12 12:12 AM
if the mark is only spiritual and not physical, how then do you relate it to buying and selling. its physical brethren. lets not put off the truth if we are to survive this plan of the devil. let God be true and every man a lire

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RE: mark of the beast

by Anonymous - 12/08/16 9:05 AM
This is the god of mammon. The "love of money" is the root of all evil". 1Tim.6. Herein is the mark, sign, signature, and character of the Beast...(in the mind of the admin, unreserved, fallen mankind). Where the love of or perhaps the monetary system of man... more...

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by Judy - 10/29/16 8:02 PM
I believe favoritism is the power of the air or mark of the beast. Favoritism clouds judgment. The Nazis killed the Jews because of favoritism. Jesus was crucified because he was not a part of the Jewish religious sect. The mark of the beast is spiritual.

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by Anonymous - 3/31/13 3:04 AM
On my left palm, I have XXX as age wrinkles.. Does anyone have a clue??? possibility of a "end of Age of grace" warning sign.

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by Anonymous - 2/08/16 10:24 PM
The Apostles were certainly beaten, tortured and murdered before being taken. Nothing is for sure.

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by a Christian named Matthew - 11/06/14 6:57 PM
The mark of the beast is a phisical mark, but also is a spiritual symbol, because in EXODUS 13:16 (which mirrors REVELATION 13:16),
the Dedication of the Firstborn is as a mark on hand or forehead.

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mark of the beast

by stixx - 3/28/13 6:42 AM
Does this mean once the mark is placed on the lost that are work here will be done..? Will thay not be able to give there heart to the lord after this takes place...? Thanx

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RE: mark of the beast

by Anonymous - 12/31/13 2:22 PM

mark on or in

by passer by - 12/01/11 3:30 PM
the Greek word for mark is "charagma" which means "to engrave, a scratch, etching, stamp" but some verses say in further on,
The number 666 indicates that the letters in the Greek form of the name of the Antichrist will add up to 666. There is a slim possibility... more...

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RE:mark on or in

by Jesus died and rose to save us - 2/17/13 9:55 PM
A mark also is a spiritual brand. People are branded or etched or stamped by the denominational church that they attend. When someone tells me what church they attend, you can know what they believe to be true to them. Baptist's - once saved always saved,... more...

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mark in the head or in the hand

by just passin by - 12/01/11 3:23 PM
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,
I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that... more...

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RE:mark in the head or in the hand

by Jesus is lord.forever and ever. Amen - 10/10/12 11:03 PM
Jesus is lord.

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