Today you should read: Revelation 13:11-18
Today’s passage of Scripture is where we find the infamous “Mark of the Beast” that many people portray in movies or accuse technology being of. In Revelation 13:16-18 it says:
16 Also it (the 2nd Beast) causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 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. 18 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.
Since reading this passage many people believe that the anti-Christ will require all people to have some type of mark to not be persecuted in this world and it even mentions a specific number. Some believe that number is in mockery to the number of divine 777’s in Revelation. Whether this is a physical or symbolic allegiance, we know that the anti-christ will ask for us to pledge loyalty with him over Christ causing Christians at that time to likely undergo persecution in order to stay faithful to the One True God who will shortly come back to kick Satan’s butt.
However we don’t have to wait for the end times or a mark to realize how much satan is trying to deceive us into pledging loyalty to him right now in the world’s eyes. Everyday Christians are tempted to look and live like the world but we must remember that we are set apart for Christ’s purpose of holiness and even if we are mocked or persecuted, we must put our foot in the ground.
Posted by: Erik Koliser