Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. Revelation 13:16-18
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” Revelation 14:9-11
Before we discuss the mark of the Beast, or “666”, let me clarify that there are several things that MUST OCCUR before the mark even becomes a possibility:
- The Church will be raptured, or taken away, from the earth into heaven. The Mark does not concern the current body of Christ.
- A covenant must be signed or strengthened between a strong leader and Israel. This covenant will be for 7 years and will likely involve peace. [It will likely also allow the Jews to set up the Old Testament system of sacrifices to God in a Temple they will be allowed to rebuild.]
- Halfway through the treaty, or 1260 days later, the strong leader will break the agreement and take over the Jewish Temple (which will be in place by then).
- At some point after this, the “Mark” system will be established.
- An angel will warn humanity not to take this mark.
What is the purpose of the mark? One of the reasons is economic control. Every person will have to receive some type of mark in order to be able to interact with the world economically. There is much speculation on what the mark of the beast will be, from microchips to tattoos… Don’t worry, you won’t be able to take the mark accidentally. You will have to make a conscious choice to receive it. It will be on your right hand or forehead.
Another purpose of the mark is allegiance. The mark stamps you as belonging to the Ruler (the Bible calls him the antichrist, he may call himself the “messiah” or “christ”, but he will be most definitely controlled by satan). This mark is a sign of a permanent choice of which side you are taking – either for God (no mark) or against Him (mark). In taking it, you may be promised protection, eternal life, peace and prosperity – if you worship the new world ruler. It may be a mark of honor.
Once anyone takes the mark, he/she will be eternally lost to the one true God. Do not take the mark, even if that means your death. In losing your temporal life, you will gain eternity.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
(Luke 9:24, John 12:25, Mark 8:35, Matthew 10:39 & 16:25).
So what could this mark be that it would make it irreversible? A microchip could be fished out, a tattoo could be scraped off, right? It seems extremely clear that if you take this mark, you will be tormented forever and ever in the lake of fire.
What if the mark is something that affects human DNA? This is obviously speculation here, but we have the scientific capability for DNA manipulation and it makes sense from a spiritual warfare perspective. Our DNA is what identifies who we are as humans. Tampering with it would explain how it could render one permanently lost to God. Otherwise, I’m not quite sure how someone could be irreversibly “lost”, apart from God permanently hardening their hearts.
The term for this is Transhumanism:
trans·hu·man·ismnounthe belief or theory that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology.
Transhumanism is a way of thinking about the future that is based on the premise that the human species in its current form does not represent the end of our development but rather a comparatively early phase.
Transhumanism is a loosely defined movement that has developed gradually over the past two decades.
Transhumanism is a class of philosophies of life that seek the continuation and acceleration of the evolution of intelligent life beyond its currently human form and human limitations by means of science and technology, guided by life-promoting principles and values.
– Max More (1990)
Ethics of Transhumanism – Tom Horn (YouTube)
Does DNA manipulation sound far out there? I believe the earth has seen this before – there is nothing new under the sun. Genesis chapter 6 describes the sons of God taking the daughters of men as wives and producing a mixed species called the Nephilim, who were the men of old, the men of renown (giants, but perhaps also the Greek and Roman gods?). This is the most logical explanation for what would be SO BAD that God had to cause a global flood with the destruction of all human life except for 8 individuals – the human genome was quite possibly corrupted and if allowed to continue, there would be no pure “seed” of Eve (Jesus) with which to crush the serpent’s head. Maybe it was satan’s plan to so corrupt human DNA to prevent a savior. Will he use that same tactic in the Mark? By disrupting the “number of man” to prevent humans from being able to access salvation?
Think about how our world has been groomed to accept evolution over the last 150 years or so. Charles Darwin first postulated natural selection, which is certain traits in the genome being “selected” through survival of the fittest. This is easily observable by selective breeding. What there has never been evidence found for, is macroevolution – at or above the level of species (one “kind” changing into another “kind”). This doesn’t prevent it from being taught as “fact” though.
It would not be surprising to me at all if “aliens” suddenly arrived on the scene, claiming credit for the development of humanity through macroevolution or “seeding” [panspermia], and offering macroevolution once again through some type of DNA alteration. This is already anticipated by various New Age groups around the world. “Aliens” are intradimensional beings created by God, but they are not from other planets. They are the fallen angels who can shape-shift and enter in and out of our physical dimensions.
The mark may be something else entirely – these are just my musings on what we are capable of, and what we may have been groomed for. As we consider the enemy’s deceptions, it’s important not to overly focus on the devil and his plans, but on God and His purposes. It’s God who will work ALL things according to His will – satan can do nothing without God’s permission.
Answer: The main passage in the Bible that mentions the “mark of the beast” is Revelation 13:15-18. Other references can be found in Revelation 14:9, 11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, and 20:4. This mark acts as a seal for the followers of Antichrist and the false prophet (the spokesperson for the Antichrist). The false prophet (the second beast) is the one who causes people to take this mark. The mark is literally placed in the hand or forehead and is not simply a card someone carries.
The recent breakthroughs in medical implant chip and RFID technologies have increased interest in the mark of the beast spoken of in Revelation chapter 13. It is possible that the technology we are seeing today represents the beginning stages of what may eventually be used as the mark of the beast. It is important to realize that a medical implant chip is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be something given only to those who worship the Antichrist. Having a medical or financial microchip inserted into your right hand or forehead is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be an end-times identification required by the Antichrist in order to buy or sell, and it will be given only to those who worship the Antichrist.
Many good expositors of Revelation differ widely as to the exact nature of the mark of the beast. Besides the implanted chip view, other speculations include an ID card, a microchip, a barcode that is tattooed into the skin, or simply a mark that identifies someone as being faithful to the Antichrist’s kingdom. This last view requires the least speculation, since it does not add any more information to what the Bible gives us. In other words, any of these things are possible, but at the same time they are all speculations. We should not spend a lot of time speculating on the precise details.
The meaning of 666 is a mystery as well. Some speculated that there was a connection to June 6, 2006—06/06/06. However, in Revelation chapter 13, the number 666 identifies a person, not a date. Revelation 13:18 tells us, “This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.” Somehow, the number 666 will identify the Antichrist. For centuries Bible interpreters have been trying to identify certain individuals with 666. Nothing is conclusive. That is why Revelation 13:18 says the number requires wisdom. When the Antichrist is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), it will be clear who he is and how the number 666 identifies him. [from http://www.gotquestions.org]
A Disclaimer: The Bible is infallible. I am not. Be a Berean – examine the scriptures to see if these things are so!