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What is the "Mark of GOD"?
Mini Bible Study {What is “The Mark of GOD”?}
Question: Is there such a thing as a “Mark of GOD”, and do you have it?
Answer: Every Christian at some point or another has heard the verse that goes,
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark
in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that
had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev 13:16,17)
      This verse describes the “Mark of the Beast” every Christian is warned against from
the time we are first taught about bible prophecy. Unfortunately very few people are taught a “biblical” interpretation of this mark. We are always told that it is a mark on our skin, a tattoo or in our more modern times we have been taught that it could be a microchip of some sort embedded under our skin. The problem with these interpretations is that there are no biblical precedents for them, they are all one hundred percent man made and the bible tells us,
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” (2Pe 1:20)
            Since the bible is not open to “private interpretations”, meaning man cannot just “make up” what he believes the bible says, we are required to use the bible to interpret itself.
            This article is entitled “What is the Mark of GOD”, but the Mark of GOD and the Mark of the Beast are related to one another in that the Mark of the Beast is a counterfeit of the Mark of GOD. Satan strives to counterfeit GOD in many ways in order to deceive mankind into following Him instead of GOD. Satan, knowing that most people would never knowingly follow Him, is therefore set with the task of making people believe that He, Satan, is GOD as the bible confirms this for us,
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2Th 2:4)
            Since Satan strives to counterfeit GOD, if we want to know what the prophetic “Mark of the Beast” is, we can study the bible to discover what the “Mark of GOD” is and by doing so it will also reveal the biblical interpretation of “The Mark of the Beast”.  Our overall goal is to make sure that we have the “Mark of GOD”.
To begin, let’s look at three verses in Ezekiel and Exodus.
“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” (Ezekiel 20:12)
            Notice the capitalized word “SIGN” in that verse? This verse explicitly states that GOD’s Sabbaths are a “sign” that signifies HE is our LORD. In another verse in Ezekiel it states again,
“And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your GOD.” (Ezekiel 20:20)
            There again GOD states that keeping HIS Sabbaths is a “sign” that HE is our LORD. Another verse in Exodus states,
“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.” (Exodus 31:13)
            Again this verse confirms that from GOD’s point of view that if we keep HIS Sabbaths we are officially signifying that GOD and GOD alone is our LORD forever. He states three separate times that the Sabbath is a “SIGN” that we acknowledge HIM as GOD.
            Whenever we study the bible we have to keep in mind that we are never studying the true bible. Any bible in any language other than the original Hebrew and Greek that the bible was written in is only a “translation” or some man’s “interpretation” of the bible. Sometimes to understand the true and exact meaning of a bible verse we have to go back to the original Hebrew and/or Greek and study the definitions of the original words. In this case we need to look at the word “SIGN” that I capitalized in each of those verses.
            In the original Hebrew that word was “Owth”, pronounced “oath”. It had many different definitions. It could mean sign(s), token(s), ensign(s), miracles, MARK, signal, a distinguishing mark as well as several other definitions. But notice it also means “MARK” and “a distinguishing MARK”. The original translator just used the definition that he thought sounded the most logical, but as we can see the Hebrew world “Owth” just as officially means “Mark”. So what the above verses are actually saying is that GOD’s Sabbath is HIS “Mark”. Let’s remove the word “Sign” from those verses and insert the definition “a distinguishing mark” to get a clearer understanding of what GOD is saying in these verses. Remember, we are not adding to nor are we taking away from the bible by doing this as the word “Owth” equally means “a distinguishing mark” or “Mark”.
“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be adistinguishing mark between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them.” (Ezekiel 20:12)
 “And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a distinguishing mark between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your GOD.” (Ezekiel 20:20)
“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a distinguishing mark between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.” (Exodus 31:13)
            GOD’s Ten Commandments are considered by GOD to be one law that simply has ten criteria for keeping that law, HE calls the Ten Commandments HIS “Perfect Law of Liberty”, but the keeping of HIS Sabbath is the component of HIS law that carries HIS “Mark”.
            In the original verse that started this lesson we read that the “Mark of the Beast” was to be placed “in their right hand, or in their foreheads” (Rev 13:16). So now let’s compare that to where the bible said we are to place GOD’s Mark. Read these next three verses carefully and notice where it states GOD’s mark should be.
“And it shall be for a SIGN unto thee upon THINE HAND, and for a MEMORIAL BETWEEN THINE EYES, that the LORD’S LAW may be in thy mouth…” (Exodus 13:9)
“And these words which I command you this day shall be in your heart. And you shall carefully teach them to your sons… And you shall BIND THEM FOR A SIGN UPON YOUR HAND, and they shall be as FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-8)
“And it will be, if you will listen carefully to MY COMMANDMENTS which I command you today, … Take heed to yourself that your HEART MAY NOT BE DECIEVED, and you turn aside and serve other gods, and worship them, … Therefore you shall lay up these my words in your hearts and in your souls, and BIND THEM FOR A SIGN UPON YOUR HAND, so that they may be as FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES.” (Deuteronomy 11:13-20)
            Notice in all three of these verses we are told to have GOD’s Law and Commandments “for a sign upon [our] hand[s])” and as “frontlets between [our] eyes”. In other words we are to have GOD’s mark on our hands and foreheads, just where the prophecy about the “mark of the beast” says we should have the beasts mark. Now do we, as Christians, have signs and physical markings on our hands and forehands now? If the Mark of the Beast is a “physical” mark should not also the “mark of GOD” be a physical mark? Or does all this have a more “common sense” meaning?
            When GOD tells us to have HIS law, which contains HIS mark, on our hands and foreheads what he is symbolizing to us is that we are to “know HIS law” as represented by having it in our foreheads, or more literally our minds, and to “do HIS law” which is symbolized by having it on our hands which is what we work with. This type of marking is representational, not physical. GOD’s mark is not a physical trait drawn or tattooed upon our skin, instead our action of keeping the Sabbath is a SIGN that we acknowledge GOD as the supreme authority in our lives. We are much better off using the bible to interpret itself and avoiding mans “assumptions” as to  what is to come.
            Therefore if GOD’s “mark” is to keep his Sabbath, what is the counterfeit of that mark? Let’s look at this quote from recorded history,
Sunday is our MARK OF AUTHORITY… The (Roman Catholic) Church is ABOVE the Bible, and this TRANSFERENCE OF THE SABBATH observance is PROOF of that fact.” – Catholic Record September 1, 1923.
            The one power in the world that has fully fulfilled all the criteria for the beast and the antichrist to date states undeniably that it’s “Mark of Authority” is the transfer of worship to Sunday. If we study even deeper we can undoubtedly see where the “mark of the beast” is tied to the issue of “worship”.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man WORSHIP the
beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall
drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup
of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of
the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” (Rev 14:9, 10)
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I
saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of
God, and which had not WORSHIPPED the beast, neither his image, neither had
received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned
with Christ a thousand years.” (Rev 20:4)
      Notice in those two verses how receiving the “mark of the beast” is tied directly to the
issue of “worship”? We compare that to the fact that GOD considers the gathering to worship on HIS holy Sabbath day HIS mark of authority for all Christians to follow and the bible perfectly explains its own prophecy without any assumptions of man.
            There is one last thing we also have to consider when we are deciding whether we have the “Mark of GOD” or not. Satan says we can have the beasts mark “in their right hand, OR in their forehead”. (Rev 13:16-17), but with GOD it can only be “thine hand, AND for a memorial between thine eyes” (Exo 13:9) Satan says his mark can be in either our hand OR our forehead but with GOD there is no “halfway”, GOD’s mark must be in our hand AND our forehead. Meaning we must both KNOW GOD’S LAW and DO GOD’S LAW in order to show love and obedience to GOD. From GOD’s own point of view keeping HIS Sabbath is HIS mark.
            No one at this time in history has the “Mark of the Beast” as there is no law currently in affect that would cause you to lose your right to buy and sell if you broke that law, but from the examples in the bible of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the oven and also of Daniel in the lions den we can see that when Satan tries to enforce his authority on the world over GOD’s authority it is always GOD’s law that is the focus of Satan’s attack. The most destructive current modern attack being launched at GOD’s law is the attack on GOD’s Holy Sabbath day which bares GOD’s mark. Mankind has been slowly conditioned generation after generation to believe that the Sabbath has no importance at all and that it is no longer required to be kept, but GOD tells us in Isaiah 66:22,23;
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me,
saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that
from one new moon to another, AND FROM ONE SABBATH TO ANOTHER, SHALL
ALL FLESH COME TO WORSHIP BEFORE ME, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 66:22,23)
            Notice in these verses GOD explicitly states that HE expects “ALL FLESH” to come to worship before HIM on the Sabbath day for all eternity.
            Even though no one currently has the “Mark of the Beast” all Christians that are alive now and have lived since the days of Jesus should have the mark of GOD already, which is not a physical visible mark, but instead shown through your actions of keeping the Commandments of GOD, including keeping the Sabbath day holy, and attending worship on the Sabbath.
            Do YOU have the biblically defined “Mark of GOD”?
ken elliott jr 2009