“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. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” -Revelation 14:9.
In order for you to avoid the “beasts” mark of authority, you will first need to know one more thing. You already learned that the beast resides in Rome and it is the Roman Catholic system and the Popes and Priests who lead it. But what is his Mark?
Lets find out what God’s seal of authority is first and you will learn that the antichrist’s mark is just the opposite.
The bible says:
“Bind up the testimony, SEAL the LAW among my disciples.” -Isaiah 8:16
So the “Sign” or Seal” is contained within his law, but which law? (the words seal, sign and mark have the same meaning -Romans 4:11). Well which law within God’s moral law is the “sign” of God’s approval? Let’s let the bible tell us:
“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” -Ezekiel 20:12
“And hollow my Sabbaths: that they shall be a SIGN between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God” -Ezekiel 20:20
The bible teaches that true Christians, are known as “spiritual Israel.” Romans 2:28 reads, “…he is not a Jew which is one outwardly; but he is a Jew which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart.” See also Romans 9:6-8 and Galatians 3:29. So the above verses, in our time, apply to real Christians, who are spiritually “Israelites.”
God says that it is the SABBATH that is his sign. But why? Again, because it is the Sabbath that proclaims God as the CREATOR.
Within the Sabbath commandments we find THREE elements that mark it as an official SEAL. These are:
If these three elements are not present in a seal then it is not valid. Present Bush would sign a document into law like this:
(1) NAME: George W. Bush
(2) TITLE: President
(3) TERRITORY: The United States of America
Within God’s Sabbath law, we have these same three elements. Watch this:
“Remember the Sabbath day…for in six days the…
(1) Lord (his name – ‘I am the Lord, that is my name’ -Isaiah 42:8)
(2) made (his title which is ‘creator’ –Isaiah 45:18)
(3) heaven and earth and the sea (his territory –Isaiah 66:1)”
See Exodus 20, verse 11.
More evidence that the fourth commandment is God’s seal of approval is found within the very Hebrew word translated “Sabbath.” Inside this word is found the phrase “Father’s Sign.” Let’s take a look (grab your concordance):
The Hebrew word is “shabbath.” Breaking it apart, we find that this word is made up of two words, “ab” and “ath.” Look up the word “ab” in your concordance. It is the same as “abba” and it means, father:
ab: (Chaldee); corresponding to H1: – father.
The Hebrew word “ath” is the same as “oth” and it means sign:
oth: Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: – mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.
In other words, the word “Sabbath” means, “The Father’s Sign.”
When you read from Revelation 12 to 22 you’re given the idea that Satan’s main attack is on God’s commandment keeping believers. Revelation 12:17 says, “And the Dragon (Satan – verse 9) was wroth with the women (Women represents a church –Jer. 6:2) and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony (Testimony of Jesus is the “spirit of prophecy –Rev. 19:10) of Jesus Christ.”
Then we have an angel reminding us to remember the Sabbath commandment in Revelation 14:7… after this we are told about the “patience of the saints” who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” -Revelation 14:12. Finally, it is written in Revelation 22:14:
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
Now that you know this, read Revelation 14:1. It says that God’s people are marked on their foreheads with the father’s name. What is the father’s name? We read it, “I am the LORD, that is my name” -Isaiah 42:8. This is one of the elements of a true seal! Remember, the very word “father” is in the midst of the word Sabbath . This is the reason why God will use the Sabbath to seal his people, because by placing his name within their minds he proclaims them as his own, and declares that these are they which truly manifest the charactor of the father, because the law is the charactor of God in “written” form. Jesus Christ is the law in “living” form. And the manifestation of the law of God, through the LIFE of Christ in the individual (2 Corinthians 4:10-11), is what qualifys them as being the “sons of God.”
Here’s a question, is the sign literal?
Yes, literal as in the angels and God will see it. But remember that the seal is placed “in” the forheads. So to man’s eyes, its not a literal seal on the forehead, but you will know if someone is sealed with the Sabbath sign by their very actions and thoughts on Sabbath keeping:
“The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his” -1 Timothy 2:19.
The above verse shows that when God’s people are marked, God “knoweth them that are his.” Again, in Revelation 13 and 14, when speaking about the Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast, notice how it says they are marked “in” their foreheads, and not “on.” Look closely at Revelation 14 verse 1 and 9. The forehead represents your mind and heart, how you think and what you believe. Proverbs 23:7 says:
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (see also Romans 7:25, Ezekiel 3:8-9).
This is what God is interested in, what you believe and who you will obey, whether him or someone else. The “law” says God, is to be in our “Minds” just as the seal is placed in the forehead in Revelation 14:1 and Revelation 7:3. Hebrews 10:16 says:
“I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their MINDS will I write them.”
The forehead contains the “frontal lube” which contains our conscience. The reason why you receive the “Seal” of God, which is his holy law, specifically his Sabbath, is because you LIVE IT. The Mark of the Beast is placed “in” the hand (see Revelation 14:9). The hand represents “work.” Ecclesiastees 9:10 says:
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” (see also Job 37:7, Micah 2:1 and Nehemiah 4:17).
So, will you use your “hand” to violate God’s Sabbath when this “Mark” is enforced by the beast? Or will you “believe” with your heart and mind by worshiping him that made “heaven and earth and the sea?”
We have so far learned that:
(1) God’s Seal is his holy Sabbath.
(2) The Antichrist resides in Rome, and his false system of worship is the Roman Catholic Church. He has a ‘Mark’, which will be placed in the mind (remember, forehead represents the mind and heart) meaning that he will try to lead people into believing in his sign instead of God’s seal.
(3) In Revelation 13 and 14 God’s seal is placed in the forehead, but the Beast wants it either in the forehead or in the hand. In other words, it does not matter whether you believe (forehead) in the Beast’s mark or not… but if you violate God’s Sabbath through your works (hand) that will be enough for him.
But, what is this Mark? The leader of this antichrist system, the Popes and the Priests, will tell you themselves!
Remember how we proved in part 2 how that the Roman Catholic Church has, and admits to, changing God’s Sabbath day? Notice now what they say about Sunday, the day they have replaced the Sabbath with:
“Sunday is our MARK of authority… the church is above the bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” -Catholic Record of London, Ontario September 1, 1923.
“Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change was her act. And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” -Thomas, H.F., Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons (In answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath.)
“Is not yet too late for Protestants to redeem themselves. Will they do it… will they indeed take the written word only, the Scripture alone, as their sole authority and their sole standard? Or will they still hold the indefensible, self contradictory, and suicidal doctrine and practice of following the authority of the Catholic Church and wear the SIGN of her authority? Will they keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day, according to Scripture? Or will they keep the Sunday according to the tradition of the Catholic church, – page 31, Rome’s Challenge
Amazing! The “beast” claims his Mark is SUNDAY observance! Do you follow his Mark with your hand… a.k.a… actions? Do you have it and believe it with your forehead… a.k.a… mind and heart?
Besides locating his MARK from the beast himself, can it be shown from the bible that SUNDAY is the Mark of the beast? Absolutely! Let’s do that now, and afterwards, we need to find out about this “second” beast which came up out of the earth in Revelation 13:11, which will be the one who will “enforce” by law all to receive the first beast’s Mark of authority.
With God’s seal being the Sabbath, the Beast’s seal is the very opposite… Sunday. The bible says:
“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.” Revelation 13:17
Now some might say because of this verse and the following verse that the Mark of the beast is 666. But this can not be. The number 666 is definitely connected to the “Mark of the Beast” and also to the “name of the beast,” but 666 is not the Mark itself, simply because of the next verse, verse 18, which tells us that 666 is the number “of a man.” We showed in part 2 how the names and titles of the popes of Rome equal 666.
Now notice that it says in Revelation 13:17 that with out this Mark no man will be able to “buy” or “sell.” Most christians undertand that Satan ALWAYS counterfeits the Lord God, simply because he has always wanted to be God… “I will be like the most high.” -Isaiah 14:14. Where have you heard such expression before, about not buying or selling? Of course… the SABBATH commandment. God makes it clear that NO BUSINESS TRANSATIONS ought to be done upon his holy day:
(8) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
(9) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
(10) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.
Nehemiah made it clear that no buying or seeling was allowed upon the Sabbath day:
(16) There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
(17) Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
(31) And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt.
Buying and Selling is strickly prohibited upon the Sabbath. Satan, in counterfeiting God, through the Beast FORCES all to not “buy or sell” either… but not upon God’s holy day… upon the beast’s holy day! We know Satan has his own counterfeit everything, including churches, prophets, etc. Is it a strange notion to see how Satan will also counterfeit the Sabbath, seeing how this is the only commandment that shows clearly who the true God is… and he wants to be that god? There shouldn’t be a surprise, for Rome has done this very thing in the past:
“Whereas a damnable heresy [Sabbath worship] has for some time lifted its head in the parts about Toulouse, and already spread infection through Gascony and other provinces, concealing itself like a serpent in its folds; as soon as its followers shall have been discovered, let no man afford them refuge on his estates; neither let there be any communication with them in buying and selling: so that, being deprived of the solace of human conversation, they may be compelled to return from error to wisdom.” -Pope Alexander iii at the Council of Tours in a.d. 1163.
Some will ask, “If a certain day will be the Mark of the beast and not a ‘chip,’ how then will people know if you are obedient to the beast if you walk into a store to purchase something?” This is a good question. Let us always keep in mind the following points: first, the whole issue in Revelation 13 and 14 is on “worship.” This is what the enemy wants. By refusing to cease from work on Sabbath and doing work on Sunday, it will become obvious to others that you are a faithful Sabbath keeper. Our actions are what determine how we think. By simply being asked, a true christian will give an honest answer, and refuse to go along with the spurious sabbath. Also, a chip… or some type of identification card can certiantly be used to identify the people of God. A chip or I.D. card can be a tool used by the beast to identify who is obedient to him and who is not. A good example of this is the Holocaust. How do you think the Nazis identified who the sabbath keeping Jews were? There was an ID everyone was supposed to have, on it was printed whether you were a Jew or not. But more obvious was the fact that every Jew had to wear a six-point star on their clothing so everyone knew who they were. Those who were faithful Jews, so to not offend God (because if you didn’t have a star on your clothing, you were automatically considered a non-Jew) wore it faithfully and were persecuted! It was their decision (in their mind) to remain faithful to God, that caused them to be honest and wear (thir actions -hand) the identification. So, yes a card or some type of identity chip can certainly be used, but Revelation 13 or 14 does not give the slightest hint that the Mark will not in any way be electronic.
Now we’ve learned that the MARK of the antichrist system will be a counterfeit of God’s mark… a false sabbath. Sunday.
Compiled by Hammilton Haurovi Chidaukire