Mark of the Beast? Part 1

Around 2000 years ago John the Beloved Apostle wrote the book we know as Revelation, or The Apocalypse which means the uncovering or unveiling. He warned of a time where people would not be able to buy, sell or trade without what has become known as, The Mark of the Beast. There has been much speculation about this mark and the recent article that I linked to above is another in a long list of possible candidates for the Mark.  While it is interesting that the tattoo can contain medical and personal records it is, in my opinion not  the Mark of the Beast and here’s why.

There are four criteria listed in Revelation concerning the Mark.  The first one most of us know, in the end of days people will not be able to buy, sell or trade without the mark. 

The second, is this: those who take the Mark wind up in the lake of fire.

The third: those who take the Mark will have grievous sores erupt on their body.

The fourth: There is a passage in Revelation which sates that men and women will seek death and not find it.  Is this literal?  I would posit that this fourth condition may directly tie into the Mark.  Interestingly, Yeshua/Jesus states that it will be like the Days of Noah when He returns.  Without going into the particulars of why his has to do with the Nephilim, I will say this, the life span in Noah’s day was well over 500 years.

With all of this in mind it becomes clear that the criteria of the Mark of the Beast may have implications which are far more serious than a tattoo.