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What is the Mark of the Beast?

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. Revelation 14:9-10

Is the mark of the beast a literal mark that at some time in the future Christians must be worried about?

Exodus speaks of marking things on your forehead and hand.

This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand…And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the LORD brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand." Exodus 13:9,16

The festivals were reminders that were LIKE a sign on their hands and foreheads. They weren’t actual marks, though the Pharisees later took it literally and put scripture on their hands and forehead.

This “mark” indicates your affiliation and belief.  

That means that the Mark of the Beast is the indication of your faith—what you believe in your head (mind) and in what you do with your hands (actions/service). The Mark of the Beast is the anti-statement to Exodus 13.

The Bible says Christians are marked invisibly with a seal to show our affiliation with God, kind of like a spiritual branding.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

Some believe the Mark of the Beast is a reference to a future computer chip in our arm to help with buying and selling. What is wrong with a credit card imbedded in our wrist? It actually sounds quite convenient.  Finding a new technological way to buy or sell doesn't make you a Satanist.  Now, if we must take an oath to worship Satan before we can use this computer chip then that’s a problem.

Some nations today put your religion on your driver’s license. This marks you and you do not receive benefits because of your faith.  These kind of things happened in the time of Rome.

So the "mark" is a metaphor for who you worship and follow, not a literal stamp, tattoo or computer chip that believers will be asked to wear in the future.  As long as our hearts are affiliated with God, Christians have nothing to worry about.