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Ownership 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)

Certain Sacred Marks

Ivy LeavesAn ownership brand mark could refer to a mark placed on a devotee of a certain god. Branding could be very cruel. Plutarch, (45-127 AD) who was a Greek biographer and essayist in Nicias 29 told us, "Most of the Athenians perished in the stone quarries of disease and evil fare, their daily rations being a pint of barley meal and a half-pint of water; but not a few were stolen away and sold into slavery, or succeeded in passing themselves off for serving men. These, when they were sold, were branded in the forehead with the mark of a horse, yes, there were some freemen who actually suffered this indignity in addition to their servitude." After the disastrous defeat of the Athenians under Nicias in Sicily, the Sicilians took the captives and branded them on the forehead with the brand mark of a galloping horse, the emblem of Sicily.

Ivy Leaf Brand

Tattoo on WristPtolemy the Fourth of Egypt ordered that "all Jews should be degraded to the lowest rank and to the condition of slaves," and that those who spoke against it should be taken by force and put to death. "Those who were registered were marked with a brand of the ivy leaf, the emblem of Bacchus, Ptolemy's god." This was referred to in 3 Maccabees 2.28-29 "Those who are registered are to be branded on the body by fire with the ivy leaf sign of Dionysus and are also to be assigned to their former, limited civic status."

Sacred Sanctuary Tattoo

Alpha brand markThe Syrians were regularly tattooed on the wrist or on the neck with the mark of their god. There was also a temple of Heracles at the mouth of the Nile which possessed the right of asylum. Any criminal, slave or free man, was safe there from victims of their misdeeds pursuing vengeance. When such a fugitive reached that temple, he was branded with certain sacred marks in token that he had delivered himself to the god and that none could touch him any more. This was referred to in Herodotus 2.113.2 "Now there was (and still is) on the coast a temple of Heracles; if a servant of any man takes refuge there and is branded with certain sacred marks, delivering himself to the god, he may not be touched. This law continues today the same as it has always been from the first." Similarly in Revelation, the company of the Lamb and his Father were those who have cast themselves on the mercy of God in Jesus Christ and are for ever safe in the Lamb's ownership.

"Ownership Brand Mark"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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