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Well the reason the antichrist chooses to plant his mark on either the right hand or forehead is simple. Most people are right handed so it would be simple to put the mark in the right hand. However, if they don't have a right hand then he will put the mark on their forehead. This seems to me to make the most sense. I have often thought about why he wouldn't just put the mark on the left hand but just assume a person doesn't have either a right or left hand. We know everyone has a head so it's simpler to just put the mark on either the right hand or the forehead.
I believe all of these things will come to pass within the next 10 to 20 years. Economists agree that we are moving toward a cashless currency. 2000 years ago that would have seemed impossible but with the introduction of the RFID chips it is now very possible. The government plans to have everyone chipped by 2017 but we'll just have to wait and see. The Federal Reserve has to completely destroy the value of the dollar (which they've been doing since the Reserve's inception) for this to take place.
I want to offer some thoughts on Revelation ch13 vv16-17.
I'm going to be asking the question; how can we know the "mark of the Beast"?
We've got the guidance of a number of clues in the chapter.
The first clue is the timing of the Mark.
The timing is very clear, and very important.
The first Beast, the world-state, comes to power in vv4-7.
The second Beast, the world-leader and antichrist, appears from v12.
Then the second Beast compels the worship of the first Beast (and acceptance of his own authority).
He's allowed to "give breath to the image of the Beast...and to cause those who would not worship the image to be slain".
We're now in a position to put together a defintion of the mark, which helps us to identify it.
I've established that the Mark is a sign of loyalty to the Beast.
I've established that it must represent a voluntary and conscious loyalty (since, otherwise, it would not incur the wrath of God).
Most interpretations of the two Beasts will apply the term "antichrist" to one of them (the second one, as far as I'm concerned), and the meaning of the word "antichrist" is "someone who claims to be the returned Christ".
Therefore we can add that the meaning of the Mark would have to include the recognition of those claims.