The Mark

The mark is described in Revelation 13.
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. Revelation 13:16-18
The “he” being referred to here is in the context of the beast that comes up out of the earth, who is the false prophet. He is the only human of the evil trio and it is his mark. This mark is commonly referred to as the mark of the beast, but since there are two beasts being described in Revelation 13, a more accurate term would be the mark of the false prophet. The mark has the following characteristics:
  • It is universal.
  • It is given on either the right hand or forehead.
  • It is required to buy or sell.
  • It is the false prophet’s name or number which is 666.
There is endless speculation as to who this person is who will require everyone to receive his mark. Suffice it to say that he will be known by his ability to perform amazing signs and wonders that will deceive the world into believing his declaration that he is God. Only those with spiritual discernment will not be taken in by the ruse that the evil trio are going to bring about in the last days.

The mark of the false prophet is specific to him, being either his name or number. It is not technology per se although it may utilize technology in its implementation. It is somehow integrated with a global commerce system since it is universally required to buy or sell, and it is given on the right hand or forehead. There will undoubtedly be attempts to obfuscate the true nature of the mark but the mark of the false prophet will have all of the above specifically mentioned characteristics.