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Lamb Brand Mark
(Revelation 14.1-2)
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"Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps." (Revelation 14.1-2)

Star Shaped Tattoo

Star Shaped TattooAn interesting third or fourth century papyrus letter was recently discovered from a son to his father named Apollo who was serving in the Roman army. Times were dangerous, and the son and the father were separated. The son sent his greetings and good wishes, and then added, "I have indeed told you before of my grief at your absence from among us, and my fear that something dreadful might happen to you, and that we may not find your body. Indeed, I often wished to tell you that, having regard to the insecurity, I wanted to stamp a mark upon you." The son wished to put a mark or a tattoo upon his father's body in order in a worst case scenario to identify and recover his body after a battle. The company of the Lamb are likewise those known and marked with the lamb's name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. They are recoverable in life and in death because they bear the Lamb brand mark and the mark of his Father on their forehead.

Sheik's Brand

CamelThe "Lamb brand mark" could also have stood for dependence. William Robertson Smith (1846-1894) who was a Scottish Biblical scholar who rose to become Professor of Arabic and a Fellow of Christ's College in Cambridge told of the great Arab chieftains who had humble clients who were under their control. Often a sheik branded a person with the same mark he used to brand his own camels to show that they were thus utterly dependent on him. The company of the Lamb are those who are utterly dependent on his love and grace and therefore proudly bear the Lamb brand mark.

"Lamb Brand Mark"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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