The Mark of
The Bible tells of a mark, or sign, that will identify the Beast
and his followers. By receiving this mark one gives allegiance to
the Beast, and acknowledges His authority to be greater than God's!
In this lesson we will identify that mark.
sign, or mark, reveals allegiance to God? Deut. 11:1, 8,
18 [Note: The outward observance of God's commandments is a
"sign on your hand," and believing them is as "frontlets
between your eyes." This is GOD'S symbolic mark in the forehead
and in the hand. The Further-study verses are Duet. 6:6, 8; Ex.
look at outward marks, but where does God look? 1 Sam. 16:7b
[Ps. 37:37; Eze. 9:4]
will one day receive a mark. What mark will God's people receive?
Rev. 14:1 [Rev. 7:2-4]
a name represented one's character. God wants to write His name-or
character-in us. God's character is described in His law. Where
will God's character, or law, be written? Will this writing be visible
to mankind? Heb. 10:16 [Note: In prophecy the forehead
symbolizes thoughts, and the hand symbolizes actions. Jer. 31:33;
one of God's laws especially identifies God's people, marking them
as those who accept His authority? Eze. 20:12, 20 [Note:
The fourth commandment is God's "seal." It contains His
NAME, TITLE, and DOMAIN-the elements of an official seal. Ex. 20:8-11]
the Beast power acknowledge God's authority? 2 Thess. 2:4
will the Beast boast that he can do to God's law? Dan. 7:25
[Note: The Pope claims preeminence over God, for he says he
can change His laws! (See Lesson 15.) Only one of greater authority
can change another's law. The Catholic Church repeatedly claims
the responsibility for changing the Sabbath commandment as proof
of its authority. "The day mentioned in the Bible is not
the Sunday . . . but the Saturday It was the Apostolic Church which
changed the changed to the Sunday." "Isn't it curious
that non-Catholics . . . observe Sunday . . .[which] rests upon
the authority of the Catholic Church and not upon an explicit text
in the Bible? That observance remains as a reminder of the Mother
Church."-John O'Brien of Notre Dame in The Faith of Millions,
1974, pp. 136-137, 400, 401. Rom. 6:16]
is it that identifies and marks the Beast power? 2 Thess.
2:3, 7-9 [Ans: "Sin" and "lawlessness" (NKJV).
Note: "Sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4).]
Jesus comes, all will have accepted God's mark or the Beast's mark.
How are those who have received the mark of the Beast described?
Matt. 7:21-23 [Ans: They call Jesus "Lord" but
"practice lawlessness" (NKJV). 2 Cor. 11:13-15;
Matt. 7:13, 14; 1 John 2:3, 4]
are those who receive God's mark (Rev. 14:1) described? Rev.
14:12 [Ans: They too call Jesus Lord, but they "KEEP"
God's commandments. James 2:10]
will Satan do to those who refuse to receive the mark of the Beasts
authority by keeping Sunday? Rev. 12:17 [Rev. 22:14 (KJV
will Satan make war with them? Rev. 13:16, 17 [2 Tim.
God's followers symbolically receive God's name in their foreheads,
the Beast's followers receive the Beast's name (his character
of lawlessness), signified by a number. What is the number of the
Beast? Rev. 13:18 [Note: This is the number of a "man."
The Douay Bible notes that "The numeral letters of his
name shall make up this number." In ancient Rome, numbers were
letters of the alphabet-called Roman numerals. As such, every name
had a numerical value. The Pope's official title is: VICARIUS FILII
DEI- "Vicar of the Son of God" (Our Sunday Visitor,
April 18, 1915). The numerical value of this name is 666. This
is one explanation that fits the prophecy and, when compared with
all other prophecies, helps to identify the Beast power. People
will receive the Beast's name in their right hand when Sunday laws
become enforced and they yield obedience, and they will receive
it in their foreheads when his character of lawlessness is written
in their minds. Rev. 15:2]
warning has God given against receiving the mark of the Beast?
Rev. 14:9-11 [Ps. 37:12-20, 32-40]
God says that the Sabbath marks His people as His, and that
the Beast would make war on them. The Beast is that "lawless"
one who would try to "change" God's law, specifically
the command involving "times"- i. e., the Sabbath. Thus,
when Sunday keeping is enforced by law it will constitute the mark
of the Beast. "You are that one's slaves whom you obey"
(Rom. 6:16). Today God is calling us to receive His mark (or seal).
As you look upon your crucified Savior, will you acknowledge His
authority by obeying Him and keeping His Sabbath?
2 (Lessons 11-20): Accepting Christ's Final Message