About "The Mark of the Beast"

Written by Hoyt W. Allen, Jr.

What does "the mark ofrepparttar beast" and 666 mean? The last few verses of Revelation 13 speak about a certain "mark" which man would receive on his right hand or forehead. This "mark," as well asrepparttar 141346 number 666, has caused no small stir among those desiring to interpretrepparttar 141347 Book of Revelation.

Theories and Their Error. As we would attempt to considerrepparttar 141348 meaning ofrepparttar 141349 above, may we realize that a great number of theories onrepparttar 141350 subject have been advanced. Some have said thatrepparttar 141351 mark ofrepparttar 141352 beast was:repparttar 141353 symbol of free masonry;repparttar 141354 face that appears onrepparttar 141355 American dime;repparttar 141356 observance ofrepparttar 141357 sabbath onrepparttar 141358 first day ofrepparttar 141359 week;repparttar 141360 N.R.A. ofrepparttar 141361 early 1930's; and, last and probablyrepparttar 141362 most popular theory today,repparttar 141363 "bar codes" for products, places and people. This last theory says that all people will have a final I.D. transaction card, and without it you'll not survive. What will berepparttar 141364 next theory, only God knows.

As one viewsrepparttar 141365 Book of Revelation as a book filled with symbolism, I see an error in these theories. I see it because each theory interpretsrepparttar 141366 "mark" as a single, individual, outward, visible sign that will appear onrepparttar 141367 forehead or hand ofrepparttar 141368 wicked at one particular moment in history. But,repparttar 141369 beast is constantly persecutingrepparttar 141370 church, and indicates every form of secular power that attempts to destroy believers in Christ. Thus, wherever and wheneverrepparttar 141371 beast appears, you will findrepparttar 141372 mark ofrepparttar 141373 beast.

The Language's Origin. In Bible times,repparttar 141374 "branding" of cattle or slaves was common, and it was referred to as "the mark." Thus, it showed ownership.

Note in Revelation 14:9-11; 20:4, thatrepparttar 141375 term "mark ofrepparttar 141376 beast" seems to refer to worshipingrepparttar 141377 beast, as well as belonging to him and wearing his name. Thus,repparttar 141378 "mark ofrepparttar 141379 beast" isrepparttar 141380 God-opposing, church-persecuting spirit ofrepparttar 141381 antichrist, wherever and whenever it manifests itself. The "antichrist" has been among us sincerepparttar 141382 first century, even prior torepparttar 141383 closing ofrepparttar 141384 New Testament writings (I John 2:18; 4:3; II John 7). Thus,repparttar 141385 "antichrist," or those against Christ, are not of a 20th Century origin.

The forehead symbolizesrepparttar 141386 mind,repparttar 141387 thought-life,repparttar 141388 philosophy of a person. The right hand indicates his deed, action, trade, industry, etc. (see Deuteronomy 6:8). Thus, receivingrepparttar 141389 "mark" indicates thatrepparttar 141390 person so characterized belongs torepparttar 141391 company of those who persecuterepparttar 141392 church in what he thinks, says, writes or what he constantly does.

The Trade Prohibition. In Revelation 13:17,repparttar 141393 reference to man not being able to buy and sell withoutrepparttar 141394 "mark" has been a difficult passage. The marks of identification should not be misunderstood literally. Yet, inrepparttar 141395 days ofrepparttar 141396 New Testament writing,repparttar 141397 trade guilds (wool workers, linen workers, makers of outer garments, dyers - as Lydia [Acts 16:14] - leather workers, tanners, potters, etc.) were popular. The trade guilds were associated with tutelary deities (protection, guardian), and each guild had its guardian god.

Born To Bear Witness

Written by Hoyt W. Allen, Jr.

Our Text

"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness ofrepparttar Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light." (John 1:6-8)

"Now this isrepparttar 141345 testimony of John, whenrepparttar 141346 Jews sent priests and Levities from Jerusalem to ask him, 'Who are you.' He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, 'I am notrepparttar 141347 Christ.' And they asked him, 'What then? Are you Elijah?' He said, 'I am not.' 'Are yourepparttar 141348 Prophet?' And he answered, 'No.' Then they said to him, 'Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?' He said, 'I am

The voice crying inrepparttar 141349 wilderness: Make straightrepparttar 141350 way ofrepparttar 141351 Lord, asrepparttar 141352 prophet Isaiah said.' Now those who were sent were fromrepparttar 141353 Pharisees. And they asked him saying, 'Why then do you baptize if you are notrepparttar 141354 Christ, nor Elijah, norrepparttar 141355 Prophet?' John answered them saying, 'I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me, is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.' These things were done in Bethabara beyondrepparttar 141356 Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold! The Lamb of God who takes awayrepparttar 141357 sin ofrepparttar 141358 world! This is He of whom I said, "After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me. I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water."' And John bore witness saying, 'I sawrepparttar 141359 Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you seerepparttar 141360 Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes withrepparttar 141361 Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and testified that this isrepparttar 141362 Son of God.'

Again,repparttar 141363 next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, 'Beholdrepparttar 141364 Lamb of God!' The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus." (John 1:19-37)

"After these things Jesus and His disciples came intorepparttar 141365 land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. For John had not yet been thrown into prison. Then there arose a dispute between some of John's disciples andrepparttar 141366 Jews about purification. And they came to John and said to him, 'Rabbi, He who was with you beyondrepparttar 141367 Jordan, to whom you have testified - behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!' John answered and said, 'A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, "I am notrepparttar 141368 Christ," but, I have been sent before Him. He who hasrepparttar 141369 bride isrepparttar 141370 bridegroom; butrepparttar 141371 friend ofrepparttar 141372 bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because ofrepparttar 141373 bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.'" (John 3:22-30)

John The Baptist

He is not to be confused with John,repparttar 141374 apostle, who wasrepparttar 141375 son of Zebedee and authored; John's Gospel,repparttar 141376 three letters of John, andrepparttar 141377 Revelation of John.

Johnrepparttar 141378 Baptist wasrepparttar 141379 son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1). His birth was foretold by an angel to his parents, when they were elderly. His birth preceded that of Jesus', who was his cousin. He became a "Hell-fire and Brimstone" preacher. Preaching "repentance torepparttar 141380 Jews." His dress was very crude, that of camel's hair. His diet consisted of locusts and wild honey. However, even though he was not a "polished" preacher, he drewrepparttar 141381 crowds. He baptized Jesus inrepparttar 141382 Jordan. Due to his straight forward preaching, he ended up having his head removed (Matthew 14:1-12). The name "John" means "Gift of God" and is a Hellenized form for "Jonathan." There is a similarity between John and his Old Testament namesake. They both gave uprepparttar 141383 opportunity to be popular for someone else. Jonathan stepped aside for David, while John stepped aside for Jesus. When we findrepparttar 141384 name "John" inrepparttar 141385 fourth Gospel, it is always in reference to Johnrepparttar 141386 Baptist, and neverrepparttar 141387 Gospel writer. John realized that he was born to witness.

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