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I've tended to believe that the mark in the hand and on the forehead refers to the actions and thoughts a person takes, rather than some tangible sign/chip/brand/tattoo. It's another thing I could easily be wrong about, but with so much allegory in the Bible, I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that the "mark" is referring to something other than what the conspiracy nuts like to talk about in between their arguments about the flat-Earth and Nibiru.
The mark will be that proverbial line being drawn in the sand in that, all other methods of buying and selling will be made obsolete during the beasts reign so that only the mark will be a valid option for electronic crediting and debiting, which will force people to make a decision to receive the mark or reject it. Unfortunately, many will receive it because it will be the only way to pay for anything. This is the meaning of the scripture which says "He forces all both great and small, rich and poor, free and slave to receive a mark in the hand or the forehead and except anyone had the mark they would not be able to buy or sell." The forcing will not be by physical force, but by making all other methods of buying and selling invalid, leaving only that mark as a means of electronically crediting and debiting ones bank account.
Consequently, anyone who receives the mark will be aligning themselves with the beast providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties, which is what the word "Charagma" translate "mark" means. This mark will not only affect communism, but the entire world.
Yeah, I agree about the mark, since the scriptures do state that he (Antichrist) will cause ALL to receive the mark (even those in prison aka "bond"). I don't think I was so clear with my post. I just had noticed it says the act of buying and selling itself can be done by using one of three things, either by "presenting?" the mark, or the name of the beast (system) or the number of his name (antichrist's name?), which is interesting to me. This is just the buying and selling part.
Rev 13:17: "...and that no one may buy or sellexcept one who has the markor the name of the beast, or the number of his name" - so you either have the mark, or the name, or the number, so one of 3 in order to buy or sell.
Unless this is John's way of describing the one mark itself and all the facets of this mark that will be given? As in, could John just be giving more details on the mark by mentioning 3 elements of it? Or do you think there will be 3 separate parts of it that allow you to buy and sell?
We have more clues to try and identify this system and man.
There is a focus on worship.... those who do not worship the beast will be killed. Perhaps the taking of the mark is considered an act of worship. Looking at things currently, those who are lost are in the world and are called children of Satan because they carry out his desires.... so anything not of God would be considered worship of another god. Lower case g.
But yes, warnings are to not take the mark of the beast.