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    The Mark of the Beast - What Will It Look Like?


    The “MARK” of the beast, is it a visible “physical” mark or an invisible “spiritual” mark? There is also a “mark” of God, also known as a “seal”. Is this a spiritual or physical mark?
    2 Timothy 2:1919 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
    Paul the Apostle, as He is speaking to Timothy, reveals the “nature” of God’s seal. This seal, also known as a ‘mark’ is nothing more than God taking ‘note’ of all those who belong to Him just as is mentioned in the book of Malachi:
    Malachi 3:16-18" Then they that feared the Lord spoke often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth -- him.Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not."
    In the book of Exodus, a physical ‘mark’ was placed on the entry way to each home of those who believed the ‘word of the Lord’ spoken through Moses and did according to that word. Today, we view this actual physical event as a “foreshadowing” of what was to come as the Redeemer/Savior/Messiah would similarly ‘mark’ those who believe in and trust in His sacrifice and word and respond through their actions through their faith in Him. Although we know today that God looks upon the heart and is able to easily know those who are His, no physical visible mark is necessary. Even if someone speaks with their lips the right words, if their heart is not true, God will know it. Man may be deceived but God is not deceived as He knows each man’s heart. 
    Ezekiel 9:4-64 and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”5 To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. 6 Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple.
    While in the midst of a vision, Ezekiel was shown what must happen to Israel. The mark was not to be a visible physical mark but an invisible spiritual mark placed on those who’s hearts pleased God and differentiated them from those whose hearts had departed from God.
    Revelation 7:33 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
    Most today believe the “mark of the beast” to be a visible physical mark but when this verse is pointed out, it is taught this is not a physical visible ‘seal or mark’ but a ‘spiritual mark’. What I have trouble with is, how can one part of Revelation have a strictly “spiritual” interpretation while another part have a “natural physical” interpretation without any word or instruction that differentiates between the two?
    Revelation 14:11 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.
    Will those who have the “seal of God” which is the Name of Jesus (Savior) and the Name of the Father be physically seen on the foreheads so all men can see it? Or is this spiritual where only those in the spiritual realm can see it? Again, most will teach this is a not a physical visible mark where all men can see it but a spiritual mark. Yet, when it comes to the “mark of the beast” it is generally taught that this mark is a physical mark easily seen by men, instead of a spiritual mark seen in the spiritual realm.
    Revelation 13:16-1716 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    For those who belong to the Lord, we have received God’s “seal” which is the indwelling of His Holy Spirit:
    2 Corinthians 1:21-2221 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
    This is not a physical “mark” that all may see and know that we belong to God but a spiritual one. We are living in a time today that there is a great assault occurring against God and His Church. Those who believe the doctrine of the “beast” will place mankind above God and His Word and label all “biblical truth” as “hate speech”, calling that which is good, evil and that which is evil in the sight of the Lord, good. We are seeing those who stand up for the good, prosecuted in the courts for violating those who promote evil works and demand that the faithful also do as they do. If the righteous do not compromise their faith, then they are prosecuted and persecuted.
    I tell you, that the “mark of the beast” is clearly visible on those who seek to do evil in the sight of the Lord and teach others to do the same. We are seeing this insurgency in our schools where young children are being taught to accept “diversity” which is another word for acceptance of evil as if it were good.
    The mark of this “beast” is seen wherever there is the twisting of truth, the violence perpetrated against all those who stand for righteousness, the removal of God and His Word from all public life including in our schools of higher learning. If the righteous refuse to not only accept this doctrine of the beast but adopt it, they will not be allowed to seek their services or their products unless they conform to this doctrine of the beast. Soon enough, in order for anyone to buy products or services, we will be required to either verbally agree to this doctrine or give our consensual agreement to it through some other form of public testimony.
    At no time today can we see an actual physical mark but this mark is there in spiritual form and only "visible" to those who have spiritual discernment. It is the “mark” of how people choose to live their lives in agreement with the doctrines of devils and seducing spirits, where they reject the truth of the Gospel by choosing to lift up themselves as if they were gods.
    Today, it has become increasingly difficult to watch TV, movies, go to concerts, where mankind is being lifted up as examples of how we should live our lives versus TV shows, movies and concerts that lift up Jesus as the only Truth by which men may be saved. There is a growing line of demarcation between what is truth and is the lie. Soon, there will be no “grey area” between the two but rather a deep chasm, a great darkness that will separate between the two.
    That deep darkness is becoming more and more apparent today. When I was in high school, there was a great concern over the infiltration of communism in this country. Today, this is no longer the case as all the tenants of communism is being welcomed and espoused by higher learning institutions with some calling for open rebellion against our current form of government as they look for and espouse violent overthrow of our constitution and all that is right and just.
    This movement is not a political movement but an ideological one that was spawned by the powers of darkness for Satan knows how short his time is to deceive and to destroy, for Jesus will soon return and destroy all unrighteousness and evil with brightness of His return and with His tongue, slay the wicked in this world while those who are His, will be translated into their bodies that will live and be with Him forever.
    Today, we are actually in a life or death struggle with our eternity on the line. Many are still living compromised lives where they are straddling that fence between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. Having one foot in this world and the other in God’s kingdom, these found in this position will be cut in two with none to deliver them. The time for repentance is today “if you will hear His voice”.
    The beast is not an individual person but many people who have an ideological doctrine where God is rejected and mankind is making themselves into their own god and standing in the place of God in that “temple” made without hands. The scriptures teach that “we” are the temple of God.
    1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's.
    From the time of the Ten Commandments, when God revealed His temple, that pattern from heaven where He was to be found till the time of Christ when God’s temple was to be made without human hands but will be lived by Him within the hearts of men, of those who believe in His Son and live accordingly, He has intended to live within the lives of each of His children and through His Holy Spirit, build within each of us and collectively, that new City called the “New Jerusalem” which is the “possession of perfect peace”. He will be the light that lights every man and woman who believes in Him. Now just as God has sought to build within the heart of every man His temple, so Satan seeks the same, to build within the heart of everyman his own temple of worship with mankind being lifted up as if “he were god” and in this way, undermine God’s plan and as men worship themselves, they will unknowingly or knowingly, be worshipping the father of lies, the devil himself.
    The “mark” of this beast is already being made “visible” through the many acts of hatred where the Truth is rejected and the lie is made as an image that must be worshipped by small and great great, rich or poor, free or bond. No this mark is not a computer chip nor is it a visible physical mark but rather this “mark of the beast” is upon every person who has rejected the true mark of the righteousness of God through Christ. For the “seal of God” cannot be found on the lives of those who reject God but only on those whom God has approved and given His “seal”, that “knowing” of whose are His and whose names are written in God’s Book of Life.
    As a close to this message...
    Revelation 22:12-1712 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
    Revelation 22:12-17 (AMPC)12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit.13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all).14 Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city.15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating).16 I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the churches (assemblies). I am the Root (the Source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star.17 The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.

    Additional Thoughts...

    God had instructed the children of Israel to bind His word as a sign on their hand and as frontlets between their eyes. Jesus taught that when men see our "good works" because of our faith in Him, they will glorify our Father in Heaven. It is the same thing in this use of the word "sign", men will see your good works because you believe in His Word. So, the word "sign" signifies that men will be able to "mark or recognize" those who walk according to God's precepts instead of man's. These instructions were NOT designed to cause men to make tefillin/phylacteries. This was a man-made invention. Had God instructed the children of Israel to make phylacteries, He would have given them specific instructions regarding material, size and shape as well as which scriptures to be held within each. Since no such instructions were given, men decided on their own to make a physical representation of that which was not given as a physical expression but a spiritual expression.
    Deuteronomy 6:88 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
    Since phylacteries was an invention of man and not of God, it had become the subject of great pride as seen here:
    Matthew 23:55 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.
    What is also interesting to me is why did the Jews not follow through with other commands in scripture that also indicated something was to be "made to wear" such as the following verses:
    Proverbs 3:33 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neckWrite them on the tablet of your heart,
    Proverbs 7:3 (ESV) bind them on your fingerswrite them on the tablet of your heart.
    If they had, I wonder what they would have created to "bind around their neck" or "bind on their fingers"? Even more creative would have been anything created by the hands of man that would simulate the "tablet of your heart". As you can readily see, not everything that "seems" to have a physical representation either HAS one or SHOULD have one. To "bind" God's word to our hands and to put them "as frontlets" between our eyes is to KEEP God's commandments foremost in our thoughts as well as our hands working in such a way as to show our devotion and expression of worship to God in all we DO by walking in complete obedience to His VOICE.

    I share this additional thought in order to show that men, in the limits of their own understanding, their carnal mind, will create or do things that God never intended. They translated what was intended to be understood as a spiritual expression into a physical expression. Since there was no physical representation that can accurately portray the "tablet of the heart", none was made, at least not to my knowledge. How does one make a physical representation of the tablet of our heart when no one has ever seen such a thing?

    So, in the same way, men, relying on their own imaginations from a human perspective, have devised a physical sign of the "mark of the beast" which, by the way, has evolved in its possible appearance from one generation to another. This happens because no one knows what that physical mark would look like but they all seem to be absolutely certain there WILL BE a physical mark because:

    1- This is what they've been taught
    2- Their natural mind can conceive of nothing other than a natural visible sign

    The thought of this being something that can only be seen or understood by spiritual discernment goes contrary to their natural minds and as such, they will reject this entire message and choose to believe what they can understand naturally.

    My prayer is that this message will open the eyes of your understanding so that you can see and understand the true message of the Spirit of the Lord and not be deceived by that which is being taught today. Most teachings about the second coming of Christ is simply a "parroting" or "repeating" of what others have taught. No real spiritual guidance by the Spirit of the Lord is being sought by most who teach the eschatological doctrines of today.

    What I share with you is what I have received through the revelation of the Spirit of God as He sought to show me the truth as coming from His heart as opposed to the questionable motives and imaginations of carnally minded men.


    NOTE: All scripture references are taken from the New King James Version except where noted.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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