In your King James Version of the bible it says.......
Revelation 13:16 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:
Please explain how a spiritual mark can be in only a right hand or forehead?
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I have no answer for once I explained this to you, you should be able to see it very clearly.
Please explain how a spiritual mark can be in only a right hand or forehead?
Rella, the mark on the right hand, simply means that those men and women that are able to move FREELY within the APOSTATE CHURCH of the latter days of the LAST DAYS, are in FELLOWSHIP with each other as far as worshiping the spirit of antichrist
one that opposes the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Example from the word of God:
Galatinas 2:9,10~"And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do."
The embracing of the right hand between folks in religion
~is a sign of AGREEMENT AND FELLOWSHIP of the SAME GOSPEL, as it were between the holy apostles of the church in the beginning
~they certainly would NOT give the same hand sake to false prophets, now would they?
Now concerning the mark of the forehead. As for the forehead, it is where the mind is, and is illustrative of man's thinking. By giving us spiritual images of believers with the name of God written in their foreheads, it is revealed their minds are sealed in Christ Jesus so that their thoughts become one with his
. Believers all have one mind as they are all sealed or secured of the Spirit in Christ.
Romans 15:6~"That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."
1st Corinthians 2:16~"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
Believer's having the name of God written in their foreheads are illustrative of a people who are of one Spirit where God is guiding them in their will and in their thinking. It is the fulfilling of Old Covenant prophecy.
Hebrews 10:16~"This is the Covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will write My law into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them."No one
would look at Hebrews 10:16 and even begin to think that God means that He's literally written Scripture on someone's heart, or that He has literally carved laws on our foreheads or in our minds
. Because of the Spirit we readily understand its imagery or a spiritual metaphor illustrating our spiritual nature
. And yet, some theologians will take the verse in Revelation chapter 13, which is an even more obviously symbolic
and spiritual book, and try and force
the name or number of the non-literal beast, to be literally something marked in one's forehead. And ironically, usually, all while looking at the beast, it's horns, and it's rising from the earth and sea, as symbolic
. There is no scriptural justification for this type of interpreting. Not in the context, content, or character of the chapter can we "read into" Scripture such ideas. The mark is no more talking about a literal mark
, than Hebrews 10:16 is talking about literal marks of Scripture written upon our hearts or passages scribbled in our minds. It is mere symbolism that we are sealed with God's Spirit in our minds (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 4:30, Revelation 7:3), that we have an earnest desire to obey God's laws and do His will by our hand
. It is by the Spirit ingrained upon our hearts and minds that we will and do.
2nd Timothy 1:7~"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Philippians 2:13~"For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
All true believers have the spirit of a sound mind, the one mind in Christ Jesus. The name of Christ is the word of God, and that is what is spiritually sealed within our minds
that we would obey and work and do.By the same token
, those who are deceived by the spirit of Satan also have the same mind and purpose in life. But instead of the mind of lawfulness, they have the mind of lawlessness
once they have given themselves over to a false system of worshipping. Their desire is not to do the will of God, but to be disobedient and do the will of their father, the Devil. Even though the very ones given over to this spirit of antichrist are so blinded they truly think they are serving God, Jesus Christ, and following the scriptures! A STRONG DELUSION has been given to them by God by LEAVING THEM TO THEIR OWN SINFUL LUST just as God did to Pharaoh of old.
Ephesians 2:2-3~"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
Jesus told the Scribes and Pharisees that their mind was defiled
because they were of their father, the Devil. Why? Because the mind of the people of Israel was given over to that prince or ruler, Satan. Spiritually speaking
, he had become their king and held them in bondage (John 8:36
). In this same fashion, when the church falls into the apostasy illustrated in Revelation chapter 13
, these also will be brought into bondage by Satan. And as the true believers are sealed in their foreheads to signify they are all of one mind in the Spirit of Christ, so these will be spiritually marked in their forehead signifying that they are all of one mind in the spirit of antichrist
. Indeed, as it is written:
Revelation 17:13~"These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast."
One mind, one spiritual father, one character of the beast. Collectively, we have either the mind of Christ, or the mind of Satan. And those who fall away are spiritually defiled. The same type of illustration as found in Titus, where it speaks about the mind of the unrighteous being defiled.
Titus 1:15~"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".This is what the mark on the forehead symbolized.
That their mind is defiled and they are all of one spirit to give their hand in work for the beast's kingdom. So again, the mark of the Beast in man's hand and forehead is not a carnal or fleshly mark
, rather it is the mark of the flesh, or of carnality. For the carnal mind is illustrated in the will of the flesh. The mind being marked signifies carnal thinking, and the hand signifies the will of the flesh in agreement on the same gospel. The mark is a token of the nature of disobedience and signifies that one does not have the Spirit of God, but is sold out to the flesh
. And one who has the mark of the beast in his head, has the sign of death upon him.
Romans 8:5-8"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
How can we answer the question, "What is the mark of the beast?" We answer that it is the carnal mind, the mind spiritually marked of the beast that has deceived them that they take on his character and do his will. Their hand is to serve in his kingdom to the same gospel
, rather than in Christ's. And in this same cryptic fashion, Revelation 17:5
talks about the Harlot with a name written on her forehead saying "Mystery Babylon, the Great, the Mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth." Is this a literal woman with literal writing in her forehead? Again, not at all
. It is symbolic language signifying a fallen spiritual city that outside looks rich and true, but inside is abominations and filth. To look for a literal woman with a name literally marked in her forehead would be foolishness
. Yet this type of unsound hermeneutic is routinely practiced by many theologians in Revelation. But in these cryptic images we see battle against the one true God, and the images of the god of this world. One Kingdom of the Lamb, with the man of law serving God, and the other is the kingdom of the beast, with the man of lawlessness (sin) serving Satan. Images of the Christ, and of the false Christ.