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Identifying The Mark Of The Beast (10 Of 26)
Series: Issues of the 90's
Dr. Stan Coffey
INTRODUCTION: The mark of the Beast. It is probably the best-known prophecy in all of the Bible. Virtually everyone, at one time or another, has heard of this prophecy which tells that in the last days no one will be able to buy or sell anything unless they get the "devil's mark." This mark, according to the Bible will be universal. The word "mark" has a specific meaning. In the original Greek the word is charagma. The unique word only appears in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 13:16,17; 14:9, 11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; and 20:4). The word is not symbolic but is very specific. It is translated "physical mark", or "insignia," "a scratch or etching."
I. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MARK OF THE BEAST
A. It Is A Very Clear Prediction With Very Little Room For Interpretation
1. There are many trends in technology leading us towards its fulfillment
2. It is one of the most powerful proofs possible for the accuracy of the prophetic word of God
B. It Should Not Be a Confusing Prediction
1. In their anxiety to convince skeptics that this prophecy may soon come to pass many people have sensationalized the issue with unproven and undocumented stories
2. The mark of the Beast will not be enforced until the Beast "Antichrist" has a power base from which to operate
II. THE SIGN OF THE MARK OF THE BEAST
A. The Economic Significance of The Sign - Revelation 13:17
The mark will be used to regulate a person's ability to buy or sell in the new world order
B. The Spiritual Significance of The Sign - Revelation 14:9
1. Those who accept the mark will also be making a spiritual decision regarding the worship of the beast in his image
2. The mark of the Beast will become the actual symbol of allegiance to the Antichrist as God
C. The Implementation of The Mark of The Beast
1. The mark will be placed on the hand or the forehead of the recipient
a. The human bo ...
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