What is the mark of the beast, and how does it affect the people of the earth? Let us see what the Bible says.
The Mark of the Beast in the Book of Revelation
The book of Revelation talks about the mark of the beast, and it is mentioned seven times (Revelation 13:16, 17; 14:9, 11; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4). Four of these appear in Revelation 12-14 which is introduced by a view of the ark of the covenant containing the ten commandments (Rev 11:19).
God’s remnant people are identified as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev 12:17). Immediately after this statement, the book describes two beasts that are persecuting God’s church:
- “a beast rising up out of the sea” (Rev 13:1)
- “another beast coming up out of the earth” (Rev 13:11).
The Mark of the Beast – an issue of Worship
The first beast commands false worship. The characteristics of this beast is amplified by Daniel 7, symbolized by the little horn, that would “intend to change times and law” (Dan 7:25) and persecutes God’s people for 1260 prophetic days (1260 years) (Rev 13:4, 8).
The connection with Daniel’s prophecy shows that the false worship involves an attempt to change God’s “times” and His ten commandments. The only commandment of the ten dealing with time is the fourth—to keep the seventh-day Sabbath holy.
Is Sunday Worship the Mark of the Beast?
Historically, the attempt to change the day of worship has been perpetrated by the papacy of Rome which reveres Sunday as the day of rest instead of Saturday, the biblical Sabbath.
The second beast in Revelation 13 (The United States and apostate Protestantism), exercises the same authority as the first beast, the antichrist. (Rev 13:12) . It cooperates with the first beast to enforce false worship. This shows that Sunday will be an important distinguishing mark of those who worship the beast and his image, in contrast to God’s remnant people who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Rev 14:12). Their obedience includes keeping the seventh day holy because they heed the call to “worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Rev 14:7). This is almost a direct quote from the sabbath commandment (see Exodus 20:11).
The Mark of the Catholic Church
Did you know that the Catholic Church admit the “change”?
”The [Roman Catholic] Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith, has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant.” The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942, p. 4.
Furthermore, let’s see what the mark of the Papacy is, according to themselves:
”Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change[from Sabbath to Sunday] was her act. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters.” C. F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, in answer to a letter regarding the change of the Sabbath, November 11, 1895.
The Seal of God, or the Mark of the Beast?
God’s commandment keeping people will receive the seal of God (Rev 7:4; 14:1) while those who reject this call and reverence Sunday, the mark of the beast’s authority, are described as part of Babylon and receive the mark of the beast (Rev 14:8-11).
The final test, then, is over true or false worship based either on obedience to God’s law, including the Sabbath, or a man-made day of worship, Sunday. What do you choose today?