We saw last time that the beast causes all to be marked on their right hands and foreheads, and that this mark is the name of the beast. This is consistent with what we saw previously in Scripture: the Lord calls His chosen people marked on their hands and foreheads by certain things which He commands them to DO and REMEMBER. Doing involves the action of the hand, and remembering, thinking about, involves the action of the forehead, or mind.
Now one of the Ten Commandments says not to profane the NAME of the Lord. Later in Scripture it is revealed that the Lord’s name became profaned among the unbelievers by the unrighteousness of His people. In other words, the Lord’s people are also marked on the right hand and forehead by His name, and this is why walking in rebellion to His ways profanes His name. When we DO (right hand) and REMEMBER (forehead) according to that which He instructs us, His NAME is honored among the unbelievers, because His people are marked with His name on their right hands and foreheads.
And so it is with the beast. His people are also marked on their right hands and foreheads with his name. I do not believe that there will be a forced round-up of people in the last days, and forced tattoos or implantations of microchips which will mark them against their will as belonging to the beast.
Everyone on this earth is today bearing a mark on their right hand and forehead. They are either marked with the name of the Lord, or the name of the beast. We the people choose which mark we will bear, by the actions of our hands, that which we habitually do, how we live our lives; and by the thoughts of our minds, that which we habitually think about, and speak of in our daily lives.
Are we walking as if we were citizens of the kingdom of heaven, or the kingdom of Babylon, which is the kingdoms of this world? What are we filling our minds with, and what is coming out of our mouths? Is it the word of God, or man?
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8
To be continued …
Update: continued in Revelation 13: the name of the beast, and his number