We've had several answers that have shed some light on the Mark of the Beast. Here are a couple that are right on the "Mark."
"Now with these hints let's see who can put the picture together for us. How does one receive the mark in the forehead and right hand and how can one escape the mark, or is it even possible?
"Maybe it's the belief that it is only by following the Beast that a person can earn a living; i.e., that one has to 'play the system' to survive, therefore putting all one's faith in the Beast for personal well being.
"One gets the mark by accepting this as their own reality, one can escape the mark by not accepting this mind-set."
"I would have to say that we receive the mark when we accept someone's authoritative teaching or policy without confirming the teaching with our inner voice and blindly assume that to be the only truth (my way or the highway). When we project those teachings to others and recruit others to follow that unchecked teaching or policy and reject someone who uses their intuition, we then are in league with the dark brotherhood. We think their thoughts and we do the work they tell us to do, blindly accepting them and their way as the way.
"We can escape from being marked by only accepting that which we can confirm on the inside of us, confirmed by that still small voice and gives us peace. Not blindly following someone solely because they speak with authority. Check it out, does it generate peace. Get intuit and if you can't get INTUIT, get out of it.
"Well how is that, it sounds good to me. How does it ring with you folks?"
The interesting thing about James's (Twin Storms) answer here is you can tell by reading it that he felt within himself that he was on to something. That's the way it is when you hit a point of truth. Something just rings with your soul within you.
And this does not just happen with some great truth. Sometimes it's just a personal change of direction that is insignificant to anyone but you. We will find that when we follow that still small voice over and over it seems to get a little louder and clearer. The goal is to develop a group consciousness that can work through the soul. This is the only way more than three people can see eye to eye without being controlled by the Beast.
LeLona wrote a great post about how she overcame the guilt of not being good enough. It would be a good thing to read her post and replace her in the story with the Free World. The United States and the rest of the so-called free world feel that peace and prosperity are too good to be true so we sabotage ourselves by making an image of the Beast that seeks to destroy our hard won freedoms. The free world must come to the same awakening that LeLona did and it all starts with us as individuals awakening ourselves and others.
Now I'll give you my two cents worth on the Mark of the Beast. But first, let's re-visit the scriptures that speak of it:
Notice that it was not the second Beast (the United States) that gave the Mark -- but the Image of the Beast.
15 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the Beast, that the image of the Beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed.
16 "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name."
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