When Christians think of the mark of the beast, they commonly assume it will be some sort a tattoo or a hi-tech computerized microchip, such as an RFID chip that will be surgically inserted under human skin by the government. Others believe the mark will take the form of a national ID card without which no one can buy or sell.
“If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath” (Revelation 14:9,10).
There will be only two groups at the end – those that receive the mark of the beast and those that receive the mark of God. Revelation teaches that if one worships the beast and receives his mark, he will receive the complete wrath of God. The Lord’s wrath will not be mixed with mercy for these people. And the seven terrible plagues will come on everyone who has the mark of the beast.
So, what are the characteristics of the group that will receive the mark of God? The Bible gives us the answer in this same chapter and in the verse following the one posted above:
The faith of Jesus and the keeping of His Ten Commandments (including His seventh day Sabbath – Exodus 20) represent the two characteristics of the saints. The commandments of God are a transcript of His character. They set forth the divine standard of righteousness that God would have man attain and eventually be judged by (James 2:10). But by his own power, man cannot attain that state (Rom. 8:7). Despite his best attempts, man continually comes short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).
Praise God. Jesus came to empower man to be able to do God’s will and that he may be restored to the divine image. Jesus came to show man what the Father is like, and in this sense amplified the moral law (Matthew 5:17,18). And by His grace people are enabled to keep His law (Rom. 8:4).
God is now calling all of His children to escape His wrath:
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).
Father, thank you for preparing a way of protection for Your children.