In the book of Revelation there are several passages that describe the Antichrist as a sea beast that will mark his followers with marks in his hands and forehead. These Bible verses include descriptions of the appearance of Antichrist, his power, and his attempt to rule the world.
Who is the Antichrist?
Antichrist will appear as a man claiming to be God. He will be powerful and control the whole world.
The idea of a worldly ruler opposing God and persecuting his followers is first found in the book of Daniel. He "shall speak words against the Most High, and break the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws" (Daniel 7:25).
While some Jewish writers applied this prophecy to the Hellenistic ruler of Palestine, Antiochus IV, other early Christian writers applied Daniel's prophecy to the Roman Emperor Nero and other political leaders who persecuted Christians.
These leaders were called antichrists because they opposed Jesus and his followers.
1 João 2:18
Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, many antichrists have arisen. That's why we know it's the last hour.
1 João 2:22
Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
The apostle Paul warned the church about a leader who would not only oppose Christ but lead people to worship him as god.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Don't let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above everything that is called a god or the object of worship, to the point of sitting down on the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
The Book of Revelation describes the Antichrist as a powerful leader who will control the world and its economy. He is described as a Beast from the sea who has allied himself with Satan, the great Dragon, in his plot to rule the world. Together they deceive the world and lure people into false worship.
And they worshiped the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast, and who can fight against him?
What can you do to prepare for the coming Antichrist?
Throughout history, God's people have been oppressed and persecuted by worldly leaders. The Bible has a lot to say aboutresisting temptationsof the world andpersevering in faith.
Christians resist worldly leadership and demonic influence by putting theirfaith in JesusChrist and preparing for his kingdom through your faith and good works. Opposition to Christ at any time is not a condition for concern, but an opportunity to draw closer to God and remain firm in the faith, practicing Jesus' teachings of loving God, loving neighbor and even loving those who persecute us. 🇧🇷
Those who remain steadfast to the end will receive the crown of life.
Blessed is the man who endures the test, because after passing the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
God will reward those who remain faithful to Jesus Christ. We must not be concerned about the temporary condition of the world, or about leaders who deny Christ and his Kingdom. God will sustain his followers during persecution in the future, just as he did in the past.
The following Bible verses about the mark of the beast can help us better understand the persecution of Christians and how to endure it.bold faith.
What is the mark of the beast?
He [the sea beast] also compelled everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless they had the mark. 🇧🇷
To understand the Mark of the Beast we need to understand several important symbols found in the Bible.
Apocalypse is written in the genre of apocalyptic literature, a highly symbolic style of writing. Revelation means "lifting the veil". John uses various symbols found throughout the Bible to "reveal" the spiritual conflict that takes place between the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world.
In Roman culture, a mark (charagma) was made on a wax seal or branded with a branding iron for identification purposes, much like a logo might be used today.
The connotation is that anyone who takes the mark of the beast identifies himself as part of the beast's kingdom and therefore can participate in his nation's commerce. Those who reject allegiance to the beast and the dragon it serves are barred from participating in the beast's national economy.
What do numbers 666 mean?
The mark of the beast in Revelation is the number 666 which is marked on his hand and forehead. It is used to identify those who follow the beast from the sea and participate in its economy.
This requires wisdom. If anyone has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666.
The number 6 is a symbol of "man" in the Bible, while the number 7 is a symbol of perfection. On the sixth day God created man.
And God created man in his image and likeness... Then God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good. So was the evening and morning of the sixth day.
The man had to work for 6 days. The seventh day of the week was set apart as Saturday,a holy day to rest.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath dedicated to the Lord your God. You shall not do any work there, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your livestock, nor the foreigner who is in your cities.
The number 666 symbolically represents the height of human strength and work. It is the mark of a civilization built by human knowledge apart from God. Those who receive the mark of the beast are participating in a rebellious kingdom, which refuses to acknowledge God or submit to God's authority. He who is at war with God and his saints.
And to the beast was given a mouth speaking proud and blasphemous words, and he was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling place, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
It was also permissible to make war with the saints and conquer them. And authority was given to her over every tribe, people, language, and nation, and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship her, all whose names were not written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain.
While those who bear the mark of the beast may prosper for a time by participating in the economy of the beast's realm, their end will be destruction.
If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, poured pure into the cup of his wrath, and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels. and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night, those who worship the beast and his image, and everyone who receives the mark of his name.
What is the mark of God?
In contrast to the mark of the beast, those who are faithful to God also receive a mark.
They were instructed not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads.
Just as the mark of the beast identifies those who bear the mark as their leader, so does the mark of God. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were commanded to mark their hands and foreheads as a memorial of God's saving grace, reminding them of how God saved them from slavery in Egypt.
And it shall be as a sign in his hand, and as a memorial before his eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in his mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.
Again in Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the Israelites to mark their hands and foreheads with God's law as a reminder to fear God and keep his commandments.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today will be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Thou shalt also bind them as a sign on thy hand, and they shall be for thee foreheads between the eyes.
Marking the forehead (foreheads) symbolizes molding one's thoughts and beliefs with God's law. Christians are encouraged to share the mind of Christ, to think like Jesus in sharing hismodestyand the desire to love and serve one another.
So if there's anyrejoicein Christ, every consolation of love, every participation of the Spirit, every affection and sympathy, complete my joy being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of the same mind.
Marking the hand symbolizes obedience, putting God's law into action. A true follower of God can be identified by his acts of obedience. A life of faithful obedience will reflect the image of God.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man looking at his natural face in a mirror. Well, he looks at himself and leaves and immediately forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, not being a hearer who forgets but a doer who works, he will be blessed in his works.
Those who belong to God will be conformed to the image of Christ.
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Who is the Beast in Revelation?
There are two main beasts described in Revelation. The first beast is the Sea Beast, a political leader, who is given power and authority by Satan (the dragon) to rule for a time.
And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on his horns and names of blasphemy on his heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; his feet were like a bear's, and his mouth like a lion's mouth. And to her the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of his heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and all the earth marveled as they followed the beast.
The second beast, the Beast of the Earth, is a false prophet who promotes the first Beast, inciting people to worship him.
Then I saw another beast coming out of the ground. He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence and causes the earth and its inhabitants to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound has been healed. He performs great signs, causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth before the people, and with the signs that he is allowed to perform in the presence of the beast, he deceives those who dwell on the earth, telling them to make an image to the beast that was smitten. by the sword and lived.
The symbolism in Revelation is based on Daniel's vision of four political powers, each represented by a different beast.
These four great beasts are four kings who will rise from the earth.
Daniel declared: “I looked in my vision by night, and, look! the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts rose out of the sea, different from each other. The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle.
Then, as he looked, his wings were plucked off, he was lifted off the ground and placed on his feet like a man, and he was given the mind of a man. And, behold, another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised on one side. He had three ribs in his mouth between his teeth; and it was said to him, Arise, eat much flesh.
After that I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given him. After that I looked in the night visions and behold a fourth beast, terrible and terrible and extremely strong. It had great iron teeth; he devoured and crumbled and kicked what was left with his feet. It was different from all the animals that came before it and it had ten horns.
In Daniel's vision, the beasts (political powers) are given dominion over the earth for a time, but their dominion comes to an end.
And when he looked, the beast was slain, and his body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the rest of the animals, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time.
After the Ancient of Days (God) defeats the kingdoms of the earth, he gives the Son of Man power and authority to rule the nations of the earth forever.
I looked in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and stood before him. And there was given him dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall never pass away, and his kingdom one which shall not be destroyed.
The “bestial” political powers are contrasted with the “human” government of the Son of Man. Mankind was created in the image of God and given dominion to rule and govern the rest of God's creation.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. and have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every living thing that creeps on the earth.”
Instead of obeying God and building a civilization that reflects God's image; Adam and Eve listened to Satan, represented as a serpent, a beast of the earth, deciding for himself what was good and what was bad. Instead of using their God-given authority to rule over the beasts of the earth, they succumbed to the beast, and mankind began to act "bestial" toward each other.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. He said to the woman: “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
And the woman said unto the serpent, Of the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat: but God said, Of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden ye shall not eat, neither shall ye touch it, lest you die.'"
But the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Pretending to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images like mortal men and birds and beasts and things that crawl.
The kingdoms that followed the fall of man were built to honor man's greatness, not God's. The Tower of Babel became an archetype of such civilizations.
Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top reaches the heavens, and let us make our name famous, lest we be scattered over all the earth.
Daniel's apocalyptic vision of the bestial realms and John's vision of the Apocalypse reveal spiritual truths to their readers. Human kingdoms were influenced by Satan to rebel against God. Satan tempts people to build civilizations to honor creation instead of the creator.
Who is the Son of Man?
Jesus is the Son of Man who gives the Apostle John his visions in Revelation. The Son of Man judges the nations of the earth, reaping the righteous who are faithful to God and destroying the “beasts of the earth” that oppose God's rule. In the end, Jesus will reign on earth with those who remain faithful to the end.
“Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea”.
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and turning around, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands was One like a son of man, dressed in a long robe, and with a band of gold around his head. chest.
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, Put in your sickle and reap, for the time of harvest has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe. And he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Then I saw heaven open, and behold, a white horse! He who sits in it is called Faithful and True, and with justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written on it that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is the Word of God.
And the armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed him on white horses. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword to smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury and wrath of Almighty God. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that were flying directly overhead: “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of kings, captains. , the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, free and bond, small and great.
And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered together to make war on the one who sat on the horse and on his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, with which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
These two were cast alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone. And the rest were slain by the sword that came out of the mouth of him that sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
In short, the mark of the beast is a symbol that identifies people who oppose God and his church by their thoughts and actions. Those who take the mark align themselves with the Antichrist and his attempt to drive away worship from God and himself. In contrast, the mark of God is a symbol given to people who believe in God's grace and who put God's law into practice by faith.
God will eventually destroy earthly kingdoms that oppose God's rule. God will establish his eternal Kingdom through Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, who was given authority to rule the nations.
The following books provide more helpful commentary for understanding the mark of the beast and its implications for contemporary Christian living.
the book of apocalypseby G.K. Beale
NIV Application Commentary: Revelationpor Craig Keener