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I'm not sure I understand why people like to fear monger over this so called Mark of The Beast thing.
1. If there IS a Mark of The Beast thing suppose to happen, wouldn't that validate the prophecies of the Christian mythology such that Christians should actually be quite happy to see this come about since it would be an indication that they're about to get zapped into Heaven on some Jesus Rapture spaceship or something?
2. If Christians get zapped into Heaven onto some Jesus Spaceship, this creates a sudden vacuum in the work force such that a great many wonderful job openings will become available.
3. There's all the Christian STUFF left behind. Those churches could get turned to good use for the homeless. Zapped away Christian possessions are up for grabs. All the suddenly vacant houses drives the realestate market to broker more affordable/attainable solutions for home ownership.
With all these things in mind, for all concerned, Mark of The Beast should be something celebrated by everyone.
There should even be a holiday every year to celebrate it.
Christians would be happy in their heaven, and the rest of us would prosper in their absence.
edit on 11/4/2013 by AliceBleachWhite because: (no reason given)
Havent you lot been saying the end of days is coming soon...for the last 2000 years??
*sigh* it never gets old to some i suppose
How are we going to know what the mark of the beast is, there is also a mark of god. I can't seem to find exactly what either is from writings in old texts. You can't just speculate what the marks are with no idea as to what this mark really means.
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.
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. 
Exodus 31:17 It is a sign [Hebrew - 'Owth'] between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed
SIGN: Hebrew: 'owth', meaning - sign, token, ensign, mark, a distinguishing mark, signal, banner, remembrance
0226 owth oth - mark, miracle, (-en)sign, token
Strong's Hebrew Dictionary of the Bible, 2011. Kindle Edition. Kindle Locations 967-9
reply to post by ServantOfTheLamb
Anyone who tries to interpret the "mark" needs to take into account ch14 vv 9-10;
"Anyone who worships the beast and receives the mark...also shall drink the wine of God's wrath".
Whatever the mark is, it must be something which will arouse God's wrath.
Think about it; there is no rational reason why God should be angry with someone because he has used a credit card or anything else money-related.
The Biblical God would be angry with people for rejecting him and choosing another God- which is exactly what ch13 is talking about- so the "mark" must be something to do with that.
The connection with "not buying and selling" would be an indirect one. It is a form of punishment. Those not willing to show loyalty to the Beast would be boycotted, like the Jews in Nazi Germany.
edit on 4-11-2013 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)