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  • Writer's pictureKrista Bontrager

What is the "Mark of the Beast"?

The question of compulsory vaccines and digital IDs in the news have resurfaced concerns about the "mark of the Beast." I normally steer clear of sensationalist, end-times topics, but given the level of concern that I'm seeing on social media about this issue, I thought it would be a worthy topic.

The root of the matter is Revelation 13:13–18.

It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 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.

This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

This enigmatic passage has fueled lots of speculation, just in my lifetime. So I took a deep dive into the surrounding context of Revelation 13 and tried to give some insight into what the "mark of the Beast" means.


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