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:
The mark of the beast can be seen in both the head and hand of his followers. What can we learn from this truth?
Please keep in mind that the mark of the beast is simply the characteristics of those who are under the influence and Satan and His worldly powers. When the Word says that the mark of the beast is found on the forehead and/or hand it is saying that these characteristics can be found in both the thoughts, choices and actions of those who are a part of Satan’s kingdoms. The Bible clearly supports these principles:
The mind of the lost:
Tit 1:15 KJV – “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
Here, those who are lost are described as being “defiled” (contaminated) and “unbelieving” (destitute of faith). Both their mind and conscience are contaminated by sin and the worldly carnal influences.
2Co 11:3 KJV – “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
Here, the lost person’s mind is described as being “corrupted” (spoiled, brought to ruin). In other words, its contamination and unbelief results in the mind being useless in the pursuit and application of spiritual truth.
The actions of the lost:
Gal 5:19-21 KJV – “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Here we find a listing of many outward characteristics that can be found in the life of those who are a part of the kingdom of Satan:
- Adultery – transferring our affections from spouse to another
- fornication – intimate relations outside the marriage union
- uncleanness – impurities
- lasciviousness – loss of control or restraint
- Idolatry – worship of other gods
- witchcraft – use of drugs, potions, spells
- hatred – hostility, enmity
- variance – quarrelling
- emulations – long-term malice
- wrath – burning, eplosive hatred
- strife – divisions
- seditions – arguing, disturbance
- heresies – false teachings
- Envyings – jealousy
- murders – to slay
- drunkenness – intoxication
- revellings – rioting
The relationship between the corrupt mind and the sinful actions of the lost…
Jas 1:15 KJV “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Here, the lost person’s defiled desires (lusts) will lead them to willfully choose to commit acts of sin. Their outward actions are only indicators of their corrupted inward condition
May we all remember that a lost person’s visible lifestyle is only half the story when it comes to their membership in the kingdom of Satan. It is not enough for a lost individual to simply “clean up his act” and outwardly reform his actions to remove himself from Satan’s influence.
Because their inward being is also corrupt, they need more than outward reformation. They need to receive an inward change of heart which only can come through the gracious salvation that is found in Christ alone…
Eze 36:26 KJV – “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
This is the only change that can remove a lost person from Satan’s rule to live a new life in service to Christ as a child of God.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: