“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. 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: 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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:15-18
The main passage in the Bible that mentions the “mark of the beast” is Revelation 13:15-18. Other references can be found in Revelation 14:9, 11, 15:2, 16:2, 19:20, and 20:4. This mark acts as a seal for the followers of the Antichrist and false prophet (the spokesperson for the Antichrist). The false prophet (the first beast) is the one who causes people to take this mark. The mark will be literally placed in the hand or forehead and will not simply be a card someone carries.
The recent breakthroughs in medical implant chips and RFID technologies have increased interest in the mark of the beast spoken of in Revelation chapter 13. It is possible that the technology we are seeing today represents the beginning stages of what may eventually be used as the mark of the beast. It is important to realize that a medical implant chip is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be something given only to those who worshipthe False Prophet and ultimately the Antichrist. Having a medical or financial microchip inserted into your right hand or forehead is not the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast will be an end-times identification required by the Antichrist in order to buy or sell, and it will be given only to those who worship the Beast.
“And there followed another Angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” Revelation 14:8
This speaks directly to worshipping the beast and accepting the mark of the Beast that everyone will be forced into. (Revelation 13:15-17)
Babylon’s headquarters will be in Rome, not the actual location of Babylon in Southern Mesopotamia, or the United Arab Republic, Persia or Syria.
Babylon is a reference to the commercial and religious system put in place by the Anti-Christ, which includes the mark of the Beast and the whole debit system of the One World Economy to come. (Isaiah 21:9; Jeremiah 51:8)
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.” Revelation 16:1-3
Babylon is used as a reference to a commercial and religious system, so when Babylon falls it refers to the collapse of the commercial and religious system put in place by the Anti-Christ, which includes the mark of the Beast and the whole debit system of the One World Economy (Isaiah 21:9; Jeremiah 51:8; Rev. 14:8).
The mark is where Satan copies God who marked the 144k in their forehead which separates and spares them from most of the judgments that take place during the tribulation.
“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Revelation 7:3–4
In this regard the mark is instituting a measure of economic control. Perhaps a debit system that is shrouded with the mark. The point is, this mark is not a philosophy or a parable, it refers to an actual physical application and monetary system that has consequences. Think Germany and travel papers during the third reich with a credit card system accessed through the mark.
This technology is already in place.
Fujitsu has partnered with a Mobile Network Operator, NTT DoCoMo (Japan Telco), they have created a smartphone called “Arrows F-04G” with built in Iris scanning technology that recognizes Iris patterns in the eye for unlocking phones or authenticating mobile / online payment transactions, similar to fingerprint technology.
Accepting the mark in ANY form will cost you your life - during the tribulation.
“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 14:9–10
Enter the “One World Currency” and “One World Government”.
The mark will be required to get any goods, reminiscent of Hitler and the Holocaust by the Nazis, which makes this type and shadow of that period. This mark, by economic means, forces man to forsake any chance at salvation. (Revelation 14:9-11)
Many differ widely as to the exact nature of the mark of the beast. Besides the implanted chip view, other speculations include an ID card, a microchip, a barcode that is tattooed into the skin, or simply a mark that identifies someone as being faithful to the Antichrist's kingdom. This last view requires the least speculation, since it does not add any more information to what the Bible gives us. In other words, any of these things are possible, but at the same time they are all speculations. We should not spend a lot of time speculating on the precise details.
The meaning of 666 is a mystery as well. In Revelation chapter 13, the number 666 identifies a person, not a date.
“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:18
Somehow, the number 666 will identify the Antichrist, for centuries Bible interpreters have been trying to identify certain individuals with 666. Nothing is conclusive. That is why Revelation 13:18 says the number requires wisdom. When the Antichrist is revealed (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4), it will be clear who he is and how the number 666 identifies him.