When you are covenanted with God through Jesus Christ from His death and resurrection you are in contractual protection with God by God. Look at it this way. You are on a cruise ship. The alarm goes off and Captain says, Calm down everyone. Please put on a life jacket. Nobody gets drowned.
You look over 30 feet. A child is fussing with his dad about the life jacket. He is in the middle of a high score pursuit on Fortnight. He has his own life jacket assigned to him but he has no time to put aside a game in order to receive protection from a storm on rough seas.
RIGHT HAND LEFT HAND
What is the meaning of the right hand? Will the beast target your ringless hand to put his mark on it so that you get “married” to him? No. We need to look at all the other places in the Bible for mentions of the right hand to let Scripture interpret Scripture. Jacob here not only blessed Ephraim the younger son of Joseph, he also transferred purpose to Ephraim as the “right hand” was placed upon the young kid. Joseph their dad was shocked. He thought dad made a mistake.
Genesis 48:14 But Israel stretched out his righthand and placed it upon Ephraim’s head (though he was the younger), and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, crossing his hands (though Manasseh was the firstborn).
18 Joseph said to his father, “Not like that, my father, because this one’s the firstborn. Put your right hand upon his head.”
19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also will become a people, and he also will become great. But his younger brother will become greater than he and his seed will be the fullness of the nations.”
When it is necessary that the mark of the beast shall go on your right hand in order for you to be disqualified by God, it means your purpose for living has switched from God to yourself. Is there a true believer that places his needs over God’s purpose in his life? The answer is more common than we wish it is. We need to be constantly reminded of the charms of the world. They are in no competition to the streets of gold in the new heaven and the new earth. Many want the cake (world) and eat it too. It is not how a Christian lives by.
Revelation 13 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth through the signs he is permitted to perform, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image in honor of the beast who has the sword wound yet lived. 15 The second beast was permitted to give life to the image of the first beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause all who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He also causes all—the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slave—to receive a mark on their right hand or upon their forehead. 17 And so no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark—either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Revelation 14 “If any worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or their hands, **10 **they themselves will also drink the wine of God’s passionate anger, poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will suffer the pain of fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. **11 **The smoke of their painful suffering goes up forever and always. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, and those who receive the mark of its name.”
Are these the locations where the alleged mark must go on?
In my analysis, the so called mark is definitely not a physical instrument. There are so many rumors in the interweb that are poor quality commentaries that do not involve sound interpretation skills. The right hand carries spiritual connotation of ownership. Ephraim shall be served by Manesseh.
Jesus says, in Matthew 5:30
And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and. cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee. that one of thy members should perish, and not.
Does it mean Christians can sin “with the left hand”? Obviously not. Even back in the Sermon On The Mount, Christ teaches about purpose. Our right hand is our purpose for living. So if your life purpose causes you to sin and never seem to shake it off from your mind, cut of that purpose from your life. If you have wanted your vocals to be enjoyed by the world, and you don’t seem to gather the size of the audience that you wanted, you decide to sell out. You want to sing pop tunes and the devil’s music just so you will be loved worldwide. But that purpose for living is putting yourself first above God’s will for you to enjoy Him forever. Jesus says, your right hand is offensive to you, cut it off, cut out the worldly purpose. Lest, you may enter hell and perish.
But as a digital mark the mark of the beast resides in cyberspace. A lot of things reside in cyberspace, including your bank balance, your 401K funds, your social security. It is the sign of the times. The biometric code is generated by a computer based software based on your intrinsic properties as a human being. In the US, you prove your citizenship to official agencies by producing your birth certificate. It authenticates you as a native born person on US soil. Citizen entitles you to privileges that are not accessible by non-citizens.
The mention of which side one’s hand is to be marked is not a matter of biology. Otherwise, if you have your right hand chopped off, or you are maimed in Afghanistan as a veteran, does that experience or accident mean you can be guaranteed to be exempt from the eternal curse? Things in the Apocalypse are more spiritual in nature. The prophetic words is not speaking about whole body health and the disabled gaining an “advantage” due to handicap. It has noting to do with the “hand”.
What about the left hand? If you get a chip implant in order to enter the office building by a swipe of your hand (many in Sweden opt in) and you don’t want to burn forever, does it mean you can ask the implant organization to leave your right hand alone? Okay, you may have to turn 180 degrees to swipe your left hand on the right frame of the doorpost. But it is worth it to escape eternal torment. No. Because in the Bible the right hand has a meaning.
The right hand is the aggressive hand, hand of growth and strength. As humans are made in God’s image, how He exerts His right hand of justice upon creation and the world is how we are supposed to emulate after God in our own affairs. Right hand laid on a person conveys authority, blessings, power, strength. Right hand lifted to heaven, and oath, swearing” (Jobes).
When your “right hand”, your seat of consent and authority is stamped by the beast, you basically are owned by the beast in an idiomatic expression. You are owned. Your new will is his will. You serve the beast from now on. Don’t do it. Be wise be alert daily check our purpose. We are here to do good works as Christ’s purposed workmanship.
This is what is known about our great Almighty.
Exodus 15:6 Your righthand, Adonai, is glorious in power. Your righthand, Adonai, dashes the enemy to pieces.
Whereas above I explained that the right hand means purpose, that consists of your will, your pursuit in life, the things of your heart’s desire, the forehead means mind and spirit.
Christ answered the Pharisees for what He regards to be the greatest commandment.
With all of our hearts and souls and our minds are we to devote to God. This is the greatest command. How can God be “God” if He is not held in the highest honor? If a person has put this command as his second purpose, then whatever takes up space on top is his idol. That is unacceptable to God. If the whole New Testament boils down to this one command, then you tell me if the individual is accepted by God for not honoring and observing the one command. Roman citizens worshiped multiple gods. In fact, in Athens, Paul met those who put one up with no name “just in case”. Today, we actually have many people who go by the “just in case” route after they have received the promise of eternal life from Jesus. It is a very subtle trap.
The forehead represents the one whose mind we have been given through walking in agreement with his lord. Those who have received the distinguishing mark of the beast are of one mind (forehead) with the beast. True believers are said to be in the Bible to be in one mind with each other, for we are one Body in Christ. We are the set apart people, having inquired of the mind of Christ and to have the mind of Christ. You cannot have the mind of Christ and the mind of the beast at the same time. You would be torn apart serving both directions. The mind of the Christ does not approve the lust of the flesh.
Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
When your “forehead” has received the mark of the beast, you have willingly sought after his agenda to rebel against God and to pervert justice and distort the truth. By then you may be too far gone. The forehead is the only barrier between your mind and the world trying to capture you. Once that “gate” is broken, you are a prisoner of war to the beast system.
The Bible says, 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
15 But the one who is spiritual discerns all things, and he himself is discerned by no one. For16 “who has known the mind of Adonai,
that he will instruct Him?”
But we have the mind of Messiah.
Paul says we discern. “We” mean the redeemed. When the mind is given over to reprobate and degenerate, you are self disqualified. Don’t do it. Walk in the narrow way. It is the only Way to the Father.