Is The Mark Of The Beast A Literal Mark Or Is It Symbolic?


Revelation 13:17-18 

17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a person. Its number is 666.

The Greek word used for “mark” is charagma which gives the meaning of something engraved or stamped. Mind you, the only way to buy food, material needs is by having identification on your body. The 666 on the body shows that, that person has chosen Satan over Christ and now belongs to the devil. The only way you can do business with people and for them to know which side you are on is by seeing a visible mark [666] on the body.

In verse 17, it says “that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark”, the mark of the beast will work alongside with our currency. The name of the beast/antichrist or his number has to be visible for the buyer or seller to actually do business or else they won’t be permitted. The 666 can be seen as a permit to do business. But, it won’t be as we have permits today, a paper to carry with you, it will be on you.  

Just look at our money, for instance, on the dollar or bill it has a distinct mark if seen through the light to show its authenticity. Anyone can counterfeit money but the mark on it shows if it belongs to the United States or it does not. 

Let’s look at verse 16 which says, “16 And it makes everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead”

Everyone is given something that is either tangible or visible as the word “receive” is mentioned. And, it is to be placed on our body, “the right hand or on the forehead”, where it will be the most visible. 

John who wrote the Book of Revelation witnessed the future generation who would receive the mark of the beast, truly something noticeable was being put in their bodies as John saw or could tell that it was the beast’s name or number. 

Some Christians believe that the mark of the beast, the 666 will be symbolic, that in itself is so dangerous to believe and teach to others. We are responsible for handling the Word of God properly and correctly by giving such an interpretation as being a symbolic Mark, the 666, you are setting people up to be deceived in receiving a visible mark, thinking to themselves it is symbolic so it’s okay to get it. You will be doing the opposite, instead of sending people to Christ, you will set them up to receive the antichrist, the devil. 

We as believers must be better than this and especially spreading it around by reblogging it. You are doing great damage. 

2 Timothy 2:15 

15 Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.

31 Replies to “Is The Mark Of The Beast A Literal Mark Or Is It Symbolic?”

  1. Even skeptics know about this. The sad thing is that some Christians are being led to believe it isn’t physical. Buying and selling is a physical thing and we are literally seeing the formation of this prophecy with society being preconditioned to do away with money, credit cards and opt for implants for the sake of convenience.

      1. I Totally agree. I work for a finance company and over the years I have seen changes. These days these changes are quickly moving to a cashless society . It’s exciting for us . Jesus is coming back to take us home . Hallelujah ‘

    1. What’s up Marques, you are correct, that is why I was taken a back when I saw a minister writing that it is symbolic. To make it worse, other Christians are reblogging it as something sound. They are spreading false doctrine. It blows my mind how something basic in Scripture can be misunderstood. Just because it is coming from a minister does not make it sound, we must check everything with the Word of God. Thanks for your comment.

    2. I heard a well respected pastor speak on this with his main reason that if no one takes the mark, no one will survive. That’s exactly the point. It is having to make the ultimate choice between God or man.

    1. Hey Don, thank you for your encouragement. Don, the scariest part is that once a person gets it, it will be too late for that individual. We are living close to the time of the Antichrist but my hope lies in the return of Jesus Christ. Good to hear from you, Don. 🙂

        1. It just shows that you believe what the Bible clearly says. 🙂 Sadly, some Christians are promoting that it is symbolic, not knowing that they are doing great damage to the body of Christ.

  2. Amen! The mark will definitely be a real physical mark as you said. I think they might use the microchip technology that they are already implanting in people in our time. Great post! God bless!

      1. OI Totally agree. I work for a finance company and over the years I have seen changes. These days these changes are quickly moving to a cashless society . It’s exciting for us . Jesus is coming back to take us home . Hallelujah ‘

  3. Hi, great post and God bless you exceedingly. I saw this post as a reblog from one of the bloggers I follow, and immediately it attracted my attention.

    Please allow me to disagree into the physicality of the mark. I don’t believe (personally) that this would take place physically. It just doesn’t add up with the rest of the new testament. For example, what is to happen to someone, yet being a sinner, refuses however to receive this mark implanted on their bodies on account of being aware of the scripture? Will they then be saved, even though a sinner? Well, first, salvation doesn’t hinge on anything external but on “believing on the Lord Jesus Christ”. It is the work that takes place in the heart and not on the body. In other words, not receiving the “physical” mark would not equal to salvation, but believing on Jesus does. So, therefore, this mark has to be something else. Now we know God has a Mark Himself, and that is the Holy Ghost, being a His seal upon his believing children. Now, what is the mark of the beast? Rejecting the Holy Spirit. Rejecting of the Holy Spirit automatically brings in the Mark of the beast.

    “63 You only have two things. One of them, is, accept It, takes the Seal of God. To reject It, takes the mark of the beast. To reject the Seal of God is to take the mark of the beast. Everybody understand? [Congregation says, “Amen.”—Ed.] To reject the Seal of God is to take the mark of the beast. For, the Bible said, “All that was not sealed by the Seal of God took the mark of the beast.”
    63-0630E – Is Your Life Worthy Of The Gospel?
    Rev. William Marrion Branham”

    Now of course this is high level overview, that is, a view when everything is said and done.

    A broad overview would include, of course, a detailed analysis of “buying or selling” “the image made unto the beast” “the beast itself” etc. Let me be briefly say my take on them.

    First, of course, we know the beast is the Roman Catholic Church. No doubt about that. Second, the “image” made unto the beast is the “world council of churches” and “buying and selling” means no church will be able to preach the gospel unless they are registered and recognised in, and by, the council.

    God bless you. That was what I believe.

    1. I appreciate your comment and your visit to my blog, I would like to welcome you. That was an interesting interpretation you gave concerning the mark of the beast. But, we must stick with what Scripture clearly reveals, not what we might feel or think. Just let Scripture reveal and explain itself.

      The Mark of the Beast will be either his name or the number equivalent to his name. The Greek word for “mark” gives the meaning of something visible like I said in my post.

      In Revelation 14:9-12, it says, 9 And another, a third angel, followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is poured full strength into the cup of his anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb, 11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or anyone who receives the mark of its name. 12 This calls for endurance from the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.”

      The Bible clearly says that whoever receives the mark of the beast will have no more chances to get saved. Receiving the 666 is to reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Jesus commands the saints to persevere in not getting the mark.

      Nowhere in any passages referring to the Mark of the Beast does it give a single clue that it is symbolic in nature but the clear evidence of the text says that it will be a literal mark.

      Thanks again for your insight on what you believe, I hope to see you again.

  4. Well they say Smartphones will be implanted on us sooner or later…I won’t put anything in my skin like that to be on the safe side…because who knows if it alters dna and etc.

    1. The Bible is clear on this, that to receive the mark of the beast, one has to give allegiance to the Antichrist. The mark comes to play when the man of lawlessness comes into the stage. i appreciate your comment, Brittania 🙂

  5. Interesting post and comments. Revelation 14:1 says, “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads,” NKJV. I believe the mark of the beast will be Satan’s attempt to counter, and counterfeit, what God does.

    1. Yes, I agree with you. Satan is not original, he tries to counter God by copying what He does, hence deception [truth mixed with lies].

      Thanks for your comment.

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