What is the mark of the beast and do I have it?
One of the most well known pieces of apocalyptic Scripture is the revelation of the mark of the beast in the Book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse of John. Provided here is the content we will be discussing below:
“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: And 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” (Rev 13:16-18)
I have seen arguments that the mark itself is explicitly spiritual in nature, comparing the mark of the beast to the mark that protected the Jewish people during the Passover. However, the trickling down of the Wisdom and Will of God manifests in both the metaphysical realm as well as the physical realm in all that we observe as human beings. I would caution against wholeheartedly believing that the mark of the beast is simply a spiritual mark and trying to label it that way for Christian scholarship.
Two more citings of “Mark of the Beast” are in the Book of Revelation, describing the consequences for those who have the mark of the beast and worship this image (Rev 16:2). It also relates that those with the mark of the beast are aligned and associated with the beast as well as the false prophet (Anti-Christ), and the fate of the beast and false prophet (Rev 19:20). I speculate that the mark of the beast is associated with ungodly, unvirtuous precepts that are held dear by humans, translated into lives by the way it transforms them. It makes sense that the mark of the beast, observable both metaphysically and physically, is greed — merchants whether they are large corporations or simple consumers in search of the Almighty Dollar, bear the mark of the beast as the greed in their flesh. Without this greed, there would be no commerce, which in itself can be destructive. God will know who follows the beast and the false prophet (Anti-Christ) through the presence of greed in their lives; they will have the unwillingness to part with projections of money such as cash, credit cards, or consumer goods.
Jesus of Nazareth’s teachings were always poverty-related (poverty being one of the high tenets of Christianity along-side chastity and obedience), and the distinction of physical greed goes against this very teaching. It will likely be harbored as one of the methods of temptation by the Anti-Christ. Do you have the essence of physical greed in your life? Are you marked by the beast in your mind (head) or in your hands? The consequences as an effect of biblical prophecy ripple through time — you are likely to feel the effects on your soul, physical body, and spirit long before the end of the Age. Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven comes!