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The Mark of the Beast, What is it?

“He causes all to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead, so that no one may buy or sell, except they that have the mark of the beast.” Revelation 13:16, 17

By Steve Wohlberg

What is the mark of the beast? Is it a tattoo, credit card, microchip, or genetic material inserted by a vaccine? The speculations on this topic are endless, but they mainly stem from one passage in the Bible: 

“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.” Rev. 13:16, 17.

Make no mistake about it; this mysterious “mark” is definitely on the horizon. God’s Word predicts it. But let’s set speculations aside and explore its meaning in light of the Bible.1 Brace yourself. It would be good to pray, too, for the information you’re about to discover is highly controversial. Yet it is biblical

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  1. See also Rev. 14:9–11; 15:2; 16:2; and 19:20.

  2. See “How to Escape the Mark” and “God’s Seal Vs. the Beast’s Mark” in this issue.

  3. Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.Ss.R., 1946, p. 50.

  4. Priest Thomas Enright, C.Ss.R., Feb. 18, 1884.

  5. C. F. Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter dated Nov. 11, 1895.

  6. John 1:3, 10; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16.

  7. Ex. 20:10; Is. 58:13.

  8. Laudato Si’, section 237.

  9. See “Sabbath Before Sinai” in this issue.

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About the author

Steve Wohlberg is the speaker/director of White Horse Media. This article is excerpted with permission from the chapter “The Mark of Rome” in The Bloody Woman and the Seven-Headed Beast. See also his book, The Truth About the Sabbath, to study further into this topic. Find these books and more at