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Beast Tattoo Mark
(Revelation 13.15-17)
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"The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name." (Revelation 13.15-17)✞

Their Right Hand

Jewish Phylacteries on head and forearmThe King James Version interestingly translated Revelation 13.15-18 as "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: 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." Note here that "the mark" was to be received "in" their right hand or "in" their forehead." Modern science has developed and can insert a small computer chip in an animal's body in the frontal brain area to cause a change of mood or as a locator chip in the arm or neck. Dogs and cats are routinely given a computer chip under the loose skin in their neck in order to identify their owner and locate them if lost. Revelation 13.15-17 told us that in ancient Rome, every one who had worshipped the image of Caesar, had the beast tattoo mark inscribed on them "on their right hand or on their forehead." A tattoo, was a form of bodily decoration which came in a wide variety of patterns and colors. The word "tattoo" from an 18th century word "tattow" was derived from the Polynesian "tatau." Originally, it was known as painting, scarring or staining. Joseph Banks (1743-1820), the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour described tattoos in his journal, "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition." Tattoos were also discovered on the mummified arms of a Scythian chieftain in Siberia which were 2,500 years old. When a Jew prayed in accordance with Exodus 13.8-9 "On that day tell your son, 'I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.' This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that this law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand." Also in Deuteronomy 6.8-9 where the Law was to be respected we read, "Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Accordingly, a Jew wore a phylactery, or a small leather box containing written portions of the Jewish Law, also called a "tefillin" strapped to his left arm and on his forehead. These little leather boxes contained biblical verses from the Law on parchment inside them and identified the owner with his god. The beast tattoo mark on the right hand or on the forehead was therefore a grim parody of a sacred Jewish custom.✞

Slave Mark

TattooIn Revelation 13.16,the word for "the beast mark" was "charagma" which literally meant a stamp or an imprinted mark. The word was used seven times in Revelation and once in Acts. Sometimes domestic slaves were branded with the mark of their owner. But usually they were branded only if they had run away or had been guilty of some grave misdemeanor. Deserters from the British Army were tattooed with the capital letter "D." Concentration camps like Auschwitz also branded their occupants with an identifying number on their forearms. Such a mark was also called a "stigma," which we still use in the English language to mean, "a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person." "The mark of Cain" mentioned in Genesis 4.15, read "But the Lord said to him, 'anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.' Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him." Cain was cursed and marked for life possibly with a mark on his forehead for killing his brother, Abel. If the mark in Revelation is connected with this, it means that those who worship the beast are the beast's property and are marked with his ownership tattoo.

"Beast Tattoo Mark"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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