Revelation 14:12 …’Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.’
Straight after the third angel warns of receiving the beast’s mark, he announces that those who don’t receive the mark are those who are KEEPING GODS COMMANDMENTS and the faith of Jesus. In other words, the true remnant church of God are those who follow in Jesus’ footsteps, and what did Jesus say? … John 15:10 …’If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.’ … Are we not to follow Jesus? The sad thing is, the truth of God’s law has been cast down by satan and many professing Christians are deceived into thinking that keeping God’s Ten Commandments is not important.
Now we know from Revelation 13 that the beast’s mark is received either in the forehead or in the hand …Revelation 13:16 …’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.’ … There is also another set of people that have a mark on their foreheads … Revelation 14:1 …’And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.’
So during the last days we have two sets of people. One with the beast’s mark and one with God’s name written on their foreheads. Now will these people be walking around with a literal mark on their foreheads, or the name of God actually written on their foreheads? I don’t believe so, I believe these marks will be spiritual ones. Remember, the book of Revelation is full of symbolic language. Take the harlot women for instance in Revelation 17:3,5 …’and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.’ … Is this going to be a literal prostitute riding a literal beast with those names on her forehead? Of course not, this is symbolic, just like the mark of the beast and the seal of God.
Is there any significance to receiving the mark in the forehead or hand? Yes there is, which we can see from the following Old Testament scripture.
Deuteronomy 6:6-8 …..’And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for asign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.’
Deuteronomy 11:8,18 …..’Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.’
What does it mean to bind Gods Words, His law upon our hands and foreheads? God wasn’t asking them to literally write them on their hands and heads. He wanted them to keep His Commandments in their minds to stop them from sinning.
Did you know that the front of our brain (forehead) is where our thoughts and decisions are made?
The hand represents our actions. So if the people had the mark of Gods law in their hands and foreheads, then it meant that they were keeping Gods law in their minds spiritually, through their thoughts and decisions, the way Jesus taught us, and also in their actions.
Hebrews 10:16 …..’This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.’
God would ‘seal’ His law in the hearts (minds) of His people, and they would be the one’s keeping God’s ten Commandments and would not be deceived into receiving the mark of the beast.
Isaiah 8:16 …..’Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.’
Remember, Bible prophecy reveals that we would have two groups of people during the end times. One group of people with the seal of God, and the other group with the mark of the beast. In other words, we will have one group who will yield their minds and actions to the beast, and have the beasts mark, and another group that will yield their minds and actions to God and have Gods seal. Or His name spiritually written in their foreheads. To understand this further, we need to find out what the truth is about the name of God. Is it just a set of words, or does it have a deeper meaning to it?
Exodus 34:5-7 …..’And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.’
Do you see the truth about the name of God in the above verses? God proclaimed His Name to Moses on Mount Sinai. But God didn’t tell Moses to command people to use certain words for His Name. No, the name that God proclaimed was His CHARACTER! – merciful, gracious, forgiving, longsuffering etc. God reveals that the ‘name of the Lord’ is His character, Just as Jesus confirmed … John 17:6 …’I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.’… Jesus didn’t just go around pronouncing the words of Gods name in the correct way. He displayed and proclaimed Gods character in His life. So now we can see that when it says in Revelation that the one group of people have Gods name in their foreheads, it means that Gods character has become a deep part of their lives, thinking and actions. The same way as the other group of people have given their thoughts and actions to the beast and receive the beasts mark.
As we already know, the sea beast of Revelation 13 is the Papal Church of Rome (Roman Catholic Church), and the mark of the beast is the mark of the Roman Catholic Church. Out of interest, let’s ask the Roman Catholic Church if they have any kind of “mark” that goes against the law of God.
“Of course the change (from Sabbath to Sunday) was her act …. and the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” (signed by H.F.Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter dated Nov. 11, 1895)
“the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact.” (Catholic record of London, Ontario, Sept. 1, 1923)
“Sunday is a time when all Christians discover the Eucharist form that their life is called to have … the Cardinal stressed how the way in which we celebrate Sunday determines the way in which we live the rest of the week, since it is the mark of Christian identity.” (Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, Sanctifying celebration, the family in the Lord’s Day, 1st June 2012)
WOW! Right out of the horses mouth! So if the beast is the Roman Catholic Church, what does she say is her “mark”? Changing commandment number 4 from the seventh day (our Saturday) to Sunday is her MARK! The Roman Catholic Church believe that changing the Sabbath Day from the seventh day to the first is her “MARK” of authority. The Roman Catholic Church is also the little horn power in Daniel that “thinks to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25). So this fits with Bible prophecy also.
There’s a very interesting connection that many people miss with this issue. If you read Revelation 13:16-17, you will see that the mark of the beast is connected to “buying and selling”. Now something we need to understand is that there is a great spiritual war between Christ and Satan. Satan is the great deceiver, and through his miracles and wonders (Revelation 13:13-14) he manages to DECEIVE virtually the whole world (professing Christians included). And how does he deceive the masses? By counterfeiting God and transforming himself into an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Satan has a counterfeit for just about everything found in the Word of God. And he has managed to deceive virtually the whole world on one particular point in Gods ten commandments.
Now notice this very carefully. In Revelation 13 we find a certain LAW being enforced. And it is connected to “buying and selling”. If you keep this “law” of Satan and receive the mark, then you will be able to “buy and sell”. Now do we find anything in Gods law concerning buying and selling, that Satan can counterfeit and deceive the people? Yes! The 4th commandment …
Exodus 20:8-11 …’Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 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: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.’
So God tells us in the 4th commandment that on the sabbath day, “business transactions” (work) is forbidden. Which means that Gods people are NOT to do any “buying or selling” on the sabbath. So what Satan has done is to introduce a counterfeit sabbath day through the Roman Catholic Church (Sunday), and when the time is right, he will have the Sunday law enforced, so that only those who accept the false sabbath can continue to “buy and sell”.
“Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy.” (John Paul II, Dies Domini, 1998)
Virtually the whole professed Christian world has embraced this false sabbath (Sunday), and they are ripe to be deceived by the evil one into taking the mark of the beast. But Sunday keeping AT THIS MOMENT is not the mark of the beast. It needs to be enforced as a day of rest by civil law in order for it to become the mark of the beast. And this is what the Roman Catholic Church are pushing for right now. But that doesn’t mean you can rest easy for the time being. Once you come to the truth, you need to live by it. Otherwise, God may withdraw His Spirit from your life and you will be in danger of becoming entangled in the deceptions of Satan, not having the power to overcome.
Note: Will God’s people be safe by just keeping the seventh day sabbath commandment? No. We need to keep all of God’s ten commandments, AND the faith of Jesus Christ (Revelation 14:12).