Apostolics like deducing the Mark of the Beast. If we can just pinpoint exactly what it will be, we can avoid getting it stamped on/implanted in us by the false prophet, thereby avoiding eternal damnation. Do we care that we wouldn't be able to "buy or sell" without it? Pshht! Are you kidding me? The Mark of the Beast is for the weak. "But I have to take the Mark or I won't be able to buy my organically grown arugula from Whole Foods." Please. Apostolics are having none of that. There's nothing like Mark of the Beast talk to inspire us to start thinking about investing in rural property, growing our own food and digging wells. Not only are we The People of the Name, but we're The People Who Have the Moral Fortitude to Live Off the Grid when things get down to the nitty gritty. Seriously, if you would even consider taking the Mark, you might as well write "Carnal Wuss" across your forehead right below 666.
But on to the postulations . . .
To our credit (maybe), most of us don't take the Mark of the Beast as described in the Bible as literal. As in, most of us don't think it will literally be the number 666 scrawled across our foreheads or hands. So, with that out of the way, what the Mark will really be is open to interpretation and conjecture.
Will it be a special number that everyone has to have without which no man can buy or sell? Yikes! Oh, wait . . . we already have that. Er, social security number, anybody?
No, no, it'll be a microchip implanted into everyone's hands which everyone will use instead of money which will bring on the advent of a cashless society! Oh, wait . . . we already have that. They're called debit cards and credit cards. And when's the last time you went to take a gander at literal money sitting an individual bank vault which consists of actual, physical money in your bank account? Uh, oh . . .
No, no, it'll be a retinal eye scan that will contain all of your biometric information and Big Brother will be able to track you and follow you every waking moment of your life! Oh, wait . . . we already have that. It's called Facebook.
And the attempted pinpointing lives on
C'mon. You can't expect us to stop talking about the Mark just because all of our postulations about it already exist in some form and most of us are somehow already connected to them in our daily lives. You must be outside of your mind if you think something insignificant like that will quiet the buzz. We can't have a decent study of the Book of Revelation without trying to deduce the Mark. Because Revelation is about the end times, and--What was that? You say the full title of that book of the Bible is the Revelation of Jesus Christ and NOT the Revelation of What's Going to Happen in the End of the World? Dude, you're blowing my mind.