This article is a mess. I apologize. The format is messed up,To follow, is some interesting research into the ancient significance of being marked on the hand and forehead, in addition to what we have learned from Deut.6:6,8.
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"And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt."
A TOKEN would be placed on their hands and foreheads, signifying God's salvation of the firstborn.
"And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt."
That symbolic token on the hand and forehead would also signify that God's Law would be remembered...always present in our heart, and then proceed from our mouth. (See Deut.6:6,8; 11:18; Luke 6:45) What our heart contained would become evident by our words (Matt.12:33,34,35) and on this basis, we would be judged (Matt.12:37,36). This evidence of our heart's spiritual condition, is symbolized by a spiritual identifying mark, on our hands (evident deeds) and forehead (beliefs, moral code, mental disposition, spiritual perspective and perceptions -Eze.9:4). (Deut.6:6,8; Rev.13:16,17)
Here we see that "the Lord's Law", backed by God's witness when using His power to save,
was signified by the "token" God's people would accept on their forehead and hand.
This served as a token/reminder, to be in servitude to God, and to let His Law guide our mind, actions, and speech/witnessing/"mouth". (Rev.7:3; 14:1)
For, "out of the heart's abundance (Deut.6:6), the mouth speaks." (Luke6:45; Eph.4:15; 1Tim.4:16; John7:38)
Within such sacrifices (Heb.13:15), we imitate Christ (Rev.3:14; John18:37; 1:4; 4:14)(Matt.5:14; Luke12:35; Acts1:8).
When we read in Revelation, that God's people leave this servitude and honor for God, in order to serve and worship the Wild Beast, False Prophet, and Satan (Rev.13:4,11,12,7,8);
signified again as having their forehead and hand brand-marked by their lies (666 -Rev.13:16,17,18) (Isa.44:20; Ps.144:8; Matt.15:11)
they are no longer obedient slaves of God and Christ, but have become idolators.
This sin also overtakes the "Holy Ones" (Rev.13:7,10; Dan.7:21; 11:12,13,24,33,22; 8:11; Matt.24:24,25; Luke21:24; Rev.11:2; 1Cor.3:16; 2Thess.2:4)
They no longer have "the Lord's Law...in thy mouth" (Ex.13:9) and heart (Deut.6:6), but rather, "unclean inspired expressions" (Rev.16:13; 1Tim.4:1).
During their slavery to the Beast, False Prophet, and Satan, God's chosen priests are breaking their covenant with God (Deut.10:8; 17:12; 18:5; 21:5; 1Cor.6:1-3; 1Pet.2:10,9; 1Chron.15:2; Rev.5:10), by ceasing their priestly service to God (with the exception of Christ - Jer.33:18; Heb.9:11,24; 8:5; 12:22-23; Eze.22:30) (Dan.8:11,13; 11:28,30; 7:25; 12:11; Rev.13:7; 11:2; Matt.5:13; Isa.51:23; Luke21:24; Rev.13:10) (Isa.62:6; Rev.8:1; Isa.56:10) (John16:13; Isa.62:1-2; Rev.2:17; Heb.1:1; Rev.11:3; 10:7; 22:6).
According to Ex.13:9; Deut.11:18 and Deut.6:8;
the Bible itself interprets the meaning of Rev.13:16,17.
The Wild Beast Organization is now being given credit for salvation
(instead of God -Rev.7:10; Isa.43:11) (Ex.13:16; Deut.6:6,8) (Rev.13:16,8; Rom.1:25).
The Gentile Beast has replaced Christ as Head of the Bride Congregation (Eph.5:25; Dan.8:11; 11:31; 2Thess2:4) due to the false prophet's endorsement of that Beast and it's idolatrous image (Rev.19:20; Rev.2:20; 8:10,11; 9:1; 13:15)
(2Thess.2:4; 2Cor.11:20; Col.2:19).
("the number of a man" -Rev.13:18; 2Thess.2:3,4)
It is the Law of the Beast, whose "image"/"Idol" has been deified by the false prophet, from which the people seek salvation, knowledge, guidance, and doctrine to teach,
rather than from God (Matt.4:4; John17:17; 2Tim.3:16,17) through his Chosen priests (Mal.2:7; Rev.5:10; 2Cor.5:20; 13:3; 1John4:1; Matt.10:20; 1Cor.4:1).
This is the meaning of being marked on the forehead and hand, by the lies of the Beast (666)(Rev.13:16; Rom.1:25), instead of by God (Deut.6,8; Rev.7:3; 14:1; 22:4).
Ex.13:9; Deut.6:6,8; Rev.7:3; 14:1; 22:4
Who do you credit for your salvation?
Whose teachings to you obey?
How do you treat the "least" of Christ's faithful brothers,
who care not for the approval of men
(Gal.1:10; John5:44; Rom.2:28,29; Acts5:29; John16:2; Matt.5:11)....
The way Jesus directs you to treat them (Matt.25:45,46,40; Luke10:16),
or the way the Organization directs you to treat them after they are cast out?
(John16:2; Matt.10:22; 24:9; Rev.11:3,7-10; Heb.13:13; Isa.66:2,5; Mark 8:35; Rev.6:9-11)
(Because they disagree with the wicked steward (Luke12:42,45; Rev.17:6),
the idolization of the Organization (Rev.13:8,7; Rom.1:25),
the nullifying of God's Word
(Rev.13:11; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-16; 20:7-8; 12:15,17; Dan.8:12),
and believe they must serve God and His truth alone.
2Cor.11:4,20,12-15; Rev.2:20; 13:15-16
More info. on this subject can be found at:
As an addition to the last post below, about who is to blame for the deaths of the wicked;
we can also use today's cited scripture for the previous lesson...
Ex.13:15 states that "the Lord Slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt".
Now let's check on the details...
We see again that it was by His giving Satan permission, that God slew the firstborn of Egypt,
and protected the firstborn of Israel from the destroyer.
God is ascribed the destruction of the wicked, only because Almighty God permits Satan to destroy. Satan is the destroying murderer (Rev.9:11; John8:44; 10:10; Isa.33:1).
The "mother" "Covenant with Death" ["Babylon the Great"], is not with God, but with Satan. (Isa.28:15,18; Rev.9:1,11; Rev.17:5 [Gal.4:26,24])
God does not need to execute anyone. Everyone under Satan's authority, is already dying (Gen.2:17; 1Cor.15:22). God has surrendered Creation to corruption/destruction/Satan (Rom.8:20,21,22,25). If God judges and condemns us, we belong to sin and death (Rom.5:12).
God owes the giving of His Spirit and endless life, to no sinful man. Spirit and Life come through Christ....to those who learn his way, truth, and life, and obey it (John5:21,22; 1Cor.15:45; John8:51; Matt.25:46).
Those who receive this grace of God, and betray it, enter into the second death...
an irreversible condemnation. Even so, their actual physical and spiritual deaths, are by means of their murderous father of choice, Satan;
and by means of their Covenant "Mother" of choice, "Babylon the Great".
The Greek word for "mark" (as in Rev.13:16,17) is: charagma
The Bible has used the symbolic event of marking the foreheads
(and sometimes hands) of identities in the Bible. If we examine
those scriptural occurrences, as well as this practice of ancient
culture, we can understand who receive such a mark, why they
receive it, and what those marks mean. Divine Truth about the meaning
of being "marked" "on the forehead", can only be derived from the
Bible. Any deductions and conclusions sourced in human thinking and
not the scriptures, are simply not true.
Please use the mouse-over, and examine these Bible examples of
marking the forehead, and what they mean....
Deut.6:17,8; 11:18; Isa.48:4; Jer.3:3; Eze.3:7,8,9; 16:12
....an indicator of one's dominant thinking.
According to Ezek.9:4;
the mark on the forehead is a sign of the mental
disposition of it's bearer.
Exo.13:9 shows that our forehead mark is the source of what we speak.
These are our first scriptural clues.
Here we are told that the telltale mark on the forehead, indicates a
"seal"...an established identity as to who one serves. This is our
second scriptural clue. Rev.14:1; 22:4
Here we again see that the forehead can be marked with the
"seal of our God".
This indicates that a mark on the forehead can identify one as
belonging to God.
The "Wild Beast" forces all who worship it to receive it's mark
under threat of death (Rev.13:15). One can not "buy or sell"
without this identifying mark. We are told that the mark of the
Beast is "the beast's name, or the number of it's name" (666)
(see pearl-666.blogspot.com ).
ALL 144,000...all those anointed who prove faithful, have been
"marked" on their forehead as identified with Jehovah.
Their reward is contrasted with the outcomefor those marked
with the "Beast". Those identified with the Wild Beast will be
objects of God's anger and wrath. The mark of the Beast is here
associated withthose who "worship" it. They are to suffer the
plague of "pestilence".(Rev.16:2)
People have received the "mark of the Beast" and worshiped it,
because they were deceived (Rev.19:20; Rev.12:9). Who deceived them?
used the "False Prophet", empowering that one with lying "signs"
Here we see that any anointed one who receives this mark from the
Beast, will not inherit his reward.
Those who are marked on the forehead by Jehovah, will be His
worshipers and servants. These will see God's face (Matt.5:8).
Rev.3:12 further expands, that these victorious ones will also
be marked as servants of Christ, and servants of New Jerusalem.
An important key which few recognize, is Rev.17:5
There we see that the "Harlot" is also marked on her forehead.
It is often concluded that this is the name of the Harlot
who is riding the Wild Beast.
When we know what it means to be marked on the forehead, we
then know that this Harlot is NOT "Babylon the Great" but IS
rather, Babylon the Great's HARLOT SLAVE and DAUGHTER.
Babylon the Great is the mother of the "Harlots".
Can you see this?
"Mothers", are Covenants (Gal.4:24,26).
(see pearl-thewoman.blogspot.com )
Babylon the Great, is the "Covenant with Death" Isa.28:15
From these scriptures we learn that all these people are marked...
either by the "Beast"; by "Babylon the Great"; or by Jehovah, his Son,
and His Holy City.
This is a mark of servitude (slavery), worship, mental disposition,
We see this clearly, based upon scripture.
What about history...what about the ancient world which the
writer of the Book of Revelation would be familiar?
Do the common practices of his day help to expound upon this meaning?
Tattooing was sometimes used instead of branding as a means ofpermanently marking a slave. For the Romans and Greeks, tattooing
usually signified degradation (that is, a lowering of status),
because it was a treatment customarily reserved for slaves...
The available explicit evidence indicates that the tattoos applied to
criminals, and usually consisted of the name of their crime.
Plato says that a temple robber, if a slave or an alien, should have
offense tattooed on his hands and forehead. (Rev.13:16)
Plautus makes reference to a 'literate' thief whose forehead is
(it seems) with FVR, clearly indicating his offense.
Cicero indicates that the letter K was the mark put on the head
of those convicted of calumnia (that is, making a false accusation)
And Petronius mentions foreheads inscribed with large letters of
his offense, and whole faces with the inscription of runaway slaves
...Conjectures begin with F or FVG for fugitivus."
KAL derives from a very old Latin word (thus the K at the beginning -in classic Latin, it became a C): kalumnior = To accuse falsely,bringfalse information against a person, practice chicanery, trickery,or subterfuge, etc. A kalumniator was the person who did so.The ancient Romans branded slaves who were liars or false accuserswith the letters "KAL", or sometimes simply "K" (for "kalumnia",lie" or "falsehood").meaning ""To be branded with a K (kalumnia). So, according to the Lex Memmia,false accusers were branded in the forehead."Take note that the common forehead brandmark "KAL", indicates "lie"or "falsehood".This is exactly what the "number" of the Beast(666), means.(see pearl-666.blogspot.com )Bootleg Books: The Dictionary of Phrase and FableRoman law regarded slaves as mere chattels.Punishments inflicted upon slaves were merciless.They were subject to thewill of their masters,against which they enjoyed no protection.Hard labour, whippings, branding, breaking of the joints or bones,branding offorehead with letters denoting the slave as a runaway, liar or thief(FUG, KAL, FUR)Chigwell School: Introduction to Ancient SlaveryDISCOVERY OF DRAVIDIAN AS THE COMMON SOURCE OF INDO-EUROPEANUniversity of California Press: Penal Tattooing in Late Antiquity
The ancient Romans branded slaves who were liars or false accusers with the letters "KAL", or sometimes simply "K" (for "kalumnia", meaning "lie" or "falsehood"). Runaway slaves were branded with the letters "FUG", which was an abbreviation of "fugitivus," meaning "runaway." Thieving slaves received a brand of "FUR", from the Latin word for thief, "fure," or "CF", representing "cave furem', which stood for "beware the thief". (It should be noted that the Romans actually used the letter V in place of the U; there is no letter U in the Roman alphabet.) "Slaves sometimes caused trouble by rebelling or trying to run away. When this happened, more often than not the slave received extremely harsh punishment. For example, a slave who ran away and was caught was branded with the letters 'FUG' (for fugitivus, meaning 'runaway') on his forehead."
χάραγμα a mark