Marks Of Identity?
Most every Christian is familiar with the Mark of the Beast in Revelation. It has inspired more fear among believers than almost any other topic. Even unbelievers are wary of the Mark of the Beast, and for good reason. Rather than expounding on what it is, I simply want to point out that the mark implies some level of ownership and control.
Rev. 13:16-17 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
In addition to the mark insinuating authority and claim over those who receive it, it suggests that the number or name equals the same equivalent “marking”. In a Hebraic context, names reveal character among other things. A person’s name could reveal mission and character (Exodus 34:5-7; Matthew 1:20-22). When you receive the name of someone, it communicates that you identify with them in their character and purpose. To receive the name of the beast insinuates the embrace of his character and mission. This would be the equivalent of receiving the number of his name (666). In doing so you would be self identifying with the beast and his godless agenda. It would communicate that you belong to and are under the domain and authority of the beast.
On The Other Hand … (No Pun Intended)
You can receive the mark of God on your hand and on your forehead.
Rev. 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
Receiving our Father’s name implies embracing and modeling His character and mission. After all, His character and mission is revealed in His name. Power Point: If you have His character in you it is the evidence that you belong to Him! Having and embracing His name identifies you with Him!
This next verse is the earliest text that I have found in relationship to marks or signs on the hand and forehead.
Exodus 13:9 9 And it shall serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.
The context of verse nine: The holy week of Passover! Note well chapters 12-13. The following passage is the immediate context of verse nine cited above.
Exodus 13:3-10 3 Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the Lord brought you out from this place. And nothing leavened shall be eaten. 4 On this day in the month of Abib, you are about to go forth. 5 It shall be when the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall observe this rite in this month. 6 For seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and nothing leavened shall be seen among you, nor shall any leaven be seen among you in all your borders. 8 You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 And it shall serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder on your forehead, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. 10 Therefore, you shall keep this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year.
As you and your families observe Passover week (14th – 21st of Nissan) may you be reminded that our Father in heaven is not only the Creator, but also our Savior! He saved you, He saved me, and He will save all who call on His name. Note well that when you observe this week, it becomes a mark on your hand and forehead, identifying you with The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
Your Holydays Are Marks Of Your Identity!
What you do and what days you observe (in terms of holydays) identifies you with the one who commanded the observance in the first place. For instance, God commanded the weekly Shabbat and the Festivals of the Torah. The Emperors and Popes of Rome commanded Sunday, Christmas, and Easter (and others). Allah and Islamic Authorities commanded Friday, Ramadaan, and a few others. The days you keep and observe mark you out as belonging to either Israel’s God, or the Popes of Rome, or Allah and the Islamic authorities. In the end it does not matter what you say you believe, because what you do and observe speaks so loudly no one can hear what you are saying. Why? Because actions speak louder than words!
As for me, my house and our community, we shall continue to identify with the God of Israel and His Son, Yeshua our Passover Lamb! Happy Pesach Everyone!