The book of Revelation has a lot of symbols in it, but some people think that it is a book of pure symbolism and not to be taken literally. Prophecy in nature is extremely symbolic, and my limited logic perceives the reason for this to be because God wants to make His messages to us abundantly clear and hence the deep symbolism. However, that does not mean we shouldn't take His Word literally, and I know that there are some people who accept most of the Bible as a literal work with literal meaning but stop and change to metaphor and philosophy and substitution interpretation when they hit the book of Revelation.
So, is the mark of the beast going to be a literal, physical mark onto the forehead or hand, or is it simply a symbol of indoctrination, propaganda, and ideology forced upon the masses?
Your thoughts please...
I think it can be both but it is definitely symbolic and I think the symbolic side of it is really important. If it really was just about a literal mark, that means if they capture you and tatoo 666 on your head, your going to hell. I do not deny a literal representation would be possible but I think the symbolism is what is really going to make the difference.
Deu 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deu 6:8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
The Old Testament is very important to understanding the book of revelation as about 65% of its verses have a different reference to part of the Old Testaments and most if its symbols can be referenced in the Old Testament as well. The Mark of the Beast is no difference. God gave his laws and told them that they shall bind them on the hand and forehead and this was symbolic referring to their acceptance by actions and by their belief. To please God is has to be both actions and well as belief (mind, heart).
Rev 13:16 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 accepted in either the hand or the forehead. Even if you don't believe in it, but you act according to the laws of the beast for fear of your life it is still accepting the mark of the beast. And if for some reason you may not have to do anything, but you believe in the beast and follow him then you accept it as well. But lets see the characteristics of those who do not accept the beast or his mark.
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14 from verse 6 states the final message to the world during this time and calls all men to worship the true God and not to worship the beast, then it speaks about those who do and what their end would be. It then contrasts those people with the saints who do not accept the beast or his image and describes them as those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus.
Now there is a direct link between this and Deuteronomy 6 because when this symbolism was first used, it was used as a reference to keeping the commands of God and here again in Revelation those who do not accept the mark of the beast keep the commandments of God. The commandments, ideas, spirit, and laws of the Beast would be in opposition to God;s. It would be impossible to be totally obedient to God and obedient to the beast at the same time. Therefore if you are faithful to God and follow him and his commandments, it would be impossible for you to have the mark of the beast even without knowing exactly what it is.