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Identifying Marks

We live in a world that looks for a mark of validation.

Identifying Marks — In the World

Many people know that identifying marks on collectibles help determine their market value. Silver, pottery, jewelry, and other valuables are often marked or branded by the creator of the item. Each mark is unique to the creator and much like a company logo today provides a visual for those who know the mark to readily identify who created or owns the item.

In addition to actual signatures, paintings, and other art will have identifying marks that confirm who painted or made it — brush strokes, specific colors used, the style of the work — all point to the Creator.

In criminal cases involving weapons, law enforcement personnel will place an identifying mark on the weapon to readily identify in court and in the chain of custody, that what is entered into evidence is the item recovered or found during the investigation.

Identifying Marks — Physical 

A birthmark may not be something a person chooses, but it can be unique, allowing a person to be identified by the shape and location of that mark.

One way in which Jesus was recognized after His resurrection was by Him showing His disciples the nail marks in His hands (John 20:25, 27). These marks are a permanent visual of what Jesus did for man when He was crucified on the cross to pay our sin debt (Galatians 3:13–14).

The Bible tells of unique marks that address identity or ownership. Jesus used the money of the day to address to whom things belong. He asks, “Whose image (icon) is on this coin?” (Mark 12:16; Matthew 22:20–21). Of course, it was the current Caesar, to which Jesus stated they should give to Caesar what is his, and give to God what is His. The identifying mark to explain who was to receive what, was the image or likeness of the person — Caesar wants and gets the taxes, God wants and should get, well, you.

Identifying Marks — Eternal 

Probably the most recognizable identifying mark that has not even occurred yet is that of the mark of the Beast (Revelation 13:16–18), to be placed in or on the right hands or foreheads of those who choose to worship the Beast. This mark is to be the name of the Beast or the number of the Beast — 666.

The Apostle John states that without the mark, people cannot sell or buy anything, and that those who refuse the mark could be put to death. Receiving this mark is a deliberate act. No doubt it will likely be under duress or pressure, but it won’t be by trickery. It won’t be because someone inadvertently received it. How can I say that? Because the act of receiving the Beast’s mark itself is an act that condemns people to eternal punishment (Revelation 14:9–11).

Receiving the mark of the Beast signifies ownership of one’s soul by Satan himself. There is no return from it. That mark identifies the person with his or her owner, and Satan will not give that person up.

Thank God, there is another mark. One that is equally eternal and equally identifies the person with his or her Owner.

Man was created in the image or likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). When we call upon the name of the Lord, we will be saved (Romans 10:13), and immediately sealed (marked) by the Holy Spirit (II Corinthians 1:22; John 6:27; Ephesians 1:13–14) into God’s family and kept until the day of our redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

This “seal” protects the believer (I Peter 1:5), as God recognizes the seal (mark) placed on the believer and keeps him or her from experiencing God’s wrath of judgment (Revelation 9:4). As the mark of the Beast can be the Beast’s name on the foreheads of unbelievers, the name and seal of Jesus is placed on those who believe on His name and worn spiritually as an identifying mark on his or her forehead (Revelation 14:1, 22:4).

The Bible references the importance of “the name” of God, of Jesus, and of believers — those ready for eternity with Him. A name in Biblical terms can identify a person’s character and authority. God has given Jesus the name that is above all names, with all authority (Philippians 2:9–11) to which all creation will bow before Him.

Jesus reminds His own that His name is marked on them (Revelation 3:12) as they are now reborn into a new life (II Corinthians 5:17),. He has given the believer a new name that sets him or her apart exclusively as His (Revelation 2:17). And, with a new name, Jesus calls us by name to Himself (Isaiah 43:1; John 10:3). We will hear Him and know Him (John 10:4; John 10:27) as He knows us.

Identifying Marks — Ownership

Which name or mark do you currently display? Under whose “ownership” will you be? You are either owned by Satan or owned by God. You are not your own.

God is long-suffering in that He is not willing for anyone to perish (II Peter 3:15), giving us time to respond, to believe in Him, and to call His name for salvation from His wrath. But His longsuffering is not eternal. Clearly described in Revelation as the “end times” is God’s judgment poured out on those who have rejected Him.

Here’s the warning: as the end times come, choosing to wear the name or mark of the Beast guarantees you eternal condemnation, according to the Bible. Whether you choose to take the mark of the Beast or simply reject taking the name of Jesus, your eternal end remains the same — condemned.

But God, who is today offering you salvation and eternity with Him, calls to you. He has given you value, and He wants to place His identifying mark on you to give you eternal life. He has paid the ultimate price for you and loves you. Today is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2).

Do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15), as life is but a vapor with no promise of tomorrow (James 4:14). Right now, you can call on the name of Jesus and wear His seal or mark that separates you from those who will experience His judgment.

The choice is yours and you are only guaranteed that choice for a limited time. Jesus values you and is ready to give you His name to seal you with the promise of eternal life.

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AuthorRandy DeVaul | BCWorldview.org 


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