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Is It Possible to Take the Mark of the Beast and Be Saved?

Revelation 13:15-18 describes a future time that will take place during the seven-year tribulation that will follow the rapture of believers from the earth (1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). The passage reads:

The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

First, we observe those who take the mark of the beast will be those who worship the beast. This means those who take the mark of the beast will not be worshipers of Jesus.

Second, those who refuse to take the mark of the beast will be put to death. Extreme persecution will exist during this period, clearly indicating who is a believer and who is not.

However, neither of these observations specifically teaches a person who takes the mark of the beast could not later become a believer. This has led some to believe it will be possible for a person who takes the mark of the beast to later change his or her mind and believe in Jesus.

The major problem with this view is that it contradicts Revelation 14:9-11:

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”

These verses clearly indicate that “anyone” who takes the “image” or mark of the beast will receive God’s judgment. This includes eternity apart from God “for ever and ever.”

While God can forgive anyone, these passages reveal that those who take the mark of the beast will be devoted to worshiping him rather than God. Those who take the mark will not later choose to reject him and believe in Jesus, but will instead follow the beast until they experience judgment.

This question is a strong reminder of the importance to believe in Jesus now, to faithfully follow Him each day, and to share Him with others. We do not know when Jesus will return, but we do know His coming could take place at any moment.

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  1. Avatar Peggy on January 19, 2020 at 8:59 pm
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    Didn’t Jesus say that with God all things are possible? Jesus basically said rich people don’t go to Heaven but then said with God all things are possible. Please check out “The Crown” post at: plpwrites.com

    • Avatar Jerry on June 7, 2020 at 9:58 pm
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      Jesus did not say that rich people don’t go to heaven. He said it was hard for them. The “eye of the needle” in that scripture was a statement made to Jesus’ disciples, all of them knew the “eye of the needle” as the security tunnel that travelers could use at night because the gates of Jerusalem were locked. The “eye of the needle” was a low tunnel through the wall that a camel could only get through on its knees. This kept raiders and robbers away at night but still allowed people to slowly enter or exit the city. That’s why He said it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter into Heaven. Make sense for you now? Its not impossible for the rich to be saved, but wealth does to become a god for the rich.

  2. Avatar Jerry on June 7, 2020 at 9:52 pm
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    To take the mark guarantees eternal separation fromYahuah and hell forever. Every translation says this.

    (ASV)  and the smoke of their torment goeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, they that worship the beast and his image, and whoso receiveth the mark of his name.
    (Darby)  And the smoke of their torment goes up to ages of ages, and they have no respite day and night who do homage to the beast and to its image, and if any one receive the mark of its name.
    (Geneva)  And the smoke of their torment shall ascend euermore: and they shal haue no rest day nor night, which worship the beast and his image, and whosoeuer receiueth the print of his name.
    (ISV)  The smoke from their torture goes up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.”
    (JUB)  and the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever; and those that worship the beast and its image and whosoever receives the mark of its name, have no rest day or night.
    (KJV)  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
    (KJV+)  AndG2532 theG3588 smokeG2586 of theirG848 tormentG929 ascendeth upG305 for ever and ever:G1519 G165 G165 andG2532 they haveG2192 noG3756 restG372 dayG2250 norG2532 night,G3571 who worshipG4352 theG3588 beastG2342 andG2532 hisG848 image,G1504 andG2532 whosoeverG1536 receivethG2983 theG3588 markG5480 of hisG848 name.G3686
    (Lamsa NT)  And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever: and those who worship the beast and his image will have no rest day or night.
    (LITV)  And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever. And those worshiping the beast and its image have no rest night and day, even if anyone receives the mark of its name.
    (TS2009)  “And the smoke of their torture goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those worshipping the beast and his image, also if anyone receives the mark of his name.”
    (YLT)  and the smoke of their torment doth go up to ages of ages; and they have no rest day and night, who are bowing before the beast and his image, also if any doth receive the mark of his name.

  3. Avatar Theresa on July 5, 2020 at 4:44 am
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    What about children or those who are intellectually disabled and are forced by their families or schools to get the mark?

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Dillon Burroughs serves as senior writer at The John Ankerberg Show and has written nearly 40 books on issues of faith and culture. He is also an associate editor for The Apologetics Bible for Students and has contributed to many works on apologetics and Christian worldview. Dillon is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a PhD in Leadership from Piedmont International University. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his wife, Deborah, and their three children.

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