Mark of the Beast

In Rev. 13 an identifying “mark” that represents submission to the authority of the first, or leopardlike, beast mentioned in the chapter, during the time of its eschatological revival, when an attempt is made to extend its authority over the entire world. Like most of the Revelation, the thirteenth chapter is essentially symbolic. In the imagery of the chapter the first beast represents a human religious system allied with the supernatural powers of evil, and opposed to God in the person of those on earth who choose to be loyal to Him ( vs. 1 , 2 , 7 ). The second, or lamblike beast, is presented as the agent by which the authority of the first beast is made universal ( v. 12 ). The device used to force compliance is to require a “mark” of allegiance of all in their forehead (ment...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.