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Recognizing the Mark of the Beast

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Dean Butler

The book of Revelation provides a detailed description of the mark of the beast, which is a critical topic for believers to understand. Revelation 13:16-18 says: "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."

This passage has sparked much discussion and concern among believers. Many worry about the possibility of accidentally taking the mark. However, Scripture provides reassurance that those who are in Christ will not be left in the dark.

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would guide His followers. In John 16:13, Jesus said: "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come."

The Holy Spirit is our guide and counselor, and He will alert us to any deception. Therefore, the key to not being deceived is to cultivate a deep and attentive relationship with the Holy Spirit. Regular prayer, reading of the Word, and a heart tuned to God's voice are essential.

Believers can take comfort in the promises of God’s protection and guidance. Psalm 32:8 offers assurance: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you."

Additionally, James 1:5 encourages us to seek wisdom from God: "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

Understanding the times we live in is also crucial. Jesus admonished His followers to be aware of the signs of the times in Matthew 24:4-5:  "And Jesus answered and said to them, 'See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, "I am the Christ," and will mislead many.'" By staying vigilant and discerning, believers can navigate the challenges ahead without fear.

The mark of the beast is a serious concern, but believers are not left without guidance. The Holy Spirit, who dwells within us, will lead us into all truth and alert us to deception. By maintaining a close relationship with God through prayer, Scripture, and attentive listening to the Holy Spirit, we can trust that we will recognize the mark and avoid it. As Psalm 32:8 reminds us, God will instruct and teach us in the way we should go, counseling us with His loving eye upon us.

Fifty years ago, I committed my life to serving the Lord. I hold an associate degree in Christian Education and a bachelor’s degree in Christian Counseling.  I live by 1 Corinthians 9:16, Ephesians 3:7-8, and Colossians 1:28-29. In my retirement, I focus on studing and sharing the teachings of God’s Word with others. Besides writing this Blog I maintain 3 Facebook pages dedicated to spreading the Word of God. Email:

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