Whilst I was growing up, pastors used to say that the mark of the beast is going to be a barcode or some kind of microchip. Also, the mark will be required for buying and selling, which implies we will have a cashless society in the future.
Revelation 13:16-17 King James Version (KJV)
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:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
However, the mark of the beast is going to be much more that that. It’s going to be a device that will also provide super longevity and virtual invulnerability. The Bible provides clues about this.
Referring to the beast, who is the false Christ:
Revelation 13:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
The beast or false Christ will have supernatural healing capabilities.
Revelation 13:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
The false prophet will tell the whole world to worship the beast that has the mortal wound. The false prophet will probably say, “The beast is the Messiah because he came back to life, and if you take the mark of the beast you will also have the supernatural healing capabilities of the beast”. See this verse:
Revelation 9:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Isn’t this a good thing? To be able to live forever and not die? According to the Bible it’s not good because men will try to die but will be unable to. At some point, the bottomless pit will be opened up and whatever comes out of the pit will torment men for five months.
Revelation 9:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
9 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
But it gets worse
How could it be worse? Taking the mark of the beast appears to make people invulnerable in the afterlife.
Revelation 14:10-11 King James Version (KJV)
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
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.
This verse states that those who take the mark of the beast will be tormented and have no rest day or night! Contrast this verse about the second death.
Revelation 20:13-15 King James Version (KJV)
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
People who reject Christ but do not have the mark of the beast, are destroyed in the second death. Those that take the mark of the beast are tormented forever. Also refer to this verse; satan, the beast and the false prophet are tormented day and night forever:
Revelation 20:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The beast and false prophet are humans who have been altered to become invulnerable. All those that take the mark of the beast will suffer the same fate: eternal torment, which is much worse than the second death. The second death could actually be a relief for those who are being punished in hell.
The tree of life story makes more sense
Now, the following verse makes more sense. I always wondered as a teenager why God didn’t just let Adam and Eve eat from the tree of life to prevent death.
Genesis 3:22-24 King James Version (KJV)
22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
23 Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
God didn’t want man to eat from the tree of life, not because God didn’t love man or was afraid of man. God didn’t want man to eat from the tree of life whilst man is in his fallen state. Why? Because man would be unable to die.
There are two issues with man not being able to die:
- If man’s flesh does not die then God cannot give man a perfect, incorruptible body that is like Christ’s so we can live with God after we die physical deaths.
- If a man’s physical body is destroyed, the spirit and soul continues eternally but remains separated from God.
The effect would be that mankind would be separated from God forever in both the physical and spiritual realms. I believe this is lucifer’s fate. He is invulnerable but separated from God forever. Being separated from God is an extremely bad thing because God is light, love, truth and other good things. Hell is a terrible place because the absence of God makes it a place of torment. If you are seeking God, this is the fastest way I know for you to be saved.
What is the mark of the beast?
I believe it’s going to be an implant that will alter human DNA by corrupting it with fallen angel DNA. That’s where the longevity comes from: Humans will effectively be eating from the tree of life by mixing fallen angel DNA into their own DNA.
After the process, these humans will no longer conform to the image of God. They are going to get what they wish for but what they wish for is not going to be what they want. The mixing of human and fallen angel DNA has actually happened before in Genesis chapter 6 when fallen angels mated with human females to produce hybrid offspring called the Nephilim. Perhaps this is why Jesus warned us:
Matthew 24:37 King James Version (KJV)
37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.