Apostolic Preterist

Marks & Seals n Prophecy

Marks in the bible

A Mark (seal, sign, token, frontlet) is placed upon the forehead or hands, either as a sign of a curse or as a sign of redemption.
  • Genesis 4:15: God places a mark on the covenant breaking Cain, so nobody would kill him.
  • Exodus 28:36-38: Priests of God wore a gold plate upon their forehead, symbolizing the redeemed man.
  • Exodus 13:9,16, Deuteronomy 6:6,8; 11:18: A mark upon the forehead and hand was a symbol of total obedience to God’s Law.
  • Solomon 8:6: A seal upon the heart and arm is symbolic of a love for someone.
  • Isaiah 49:16: God has graven His people on the palms of His hands as a sign that he would not forget them.
  • Ezekiel 9:4: A mark upon the forehead was indicative of their allegiance to the Lord in the midst of abomination.
  • Revelation 13:16-17: The Beast places a mark on the hand or forehead of his followers also. This mark is his name (which represents ones character).
  • Revelation 14:9-11; 16:2; 19:20: Those who receive the mark of the Beast (worship something other than God) will be tormented. Which means...
  • Revelation 9:4: Those who do not have the seal of God in their forehead will be tormented. The Beast’s mark is contrasted to God’s mark!
  • Revelation 20:4: Those who do not receive the Beasts’ mark will be the keepers of God's commandments and have the testimony of Jesus.
  • Revelation 15:2: To keep the Word of God is to overcome and be victorious over the mark, or name, or character, of the Beast.
  • Revelation 3:12: The name of God will be written upon those who overcome.
  • Revelation 7:3; 14:1; 22:4: Where will the name of God be written? It will be sealed in their foreheads!

Revelation 19:13: What exactly is the name of God that’ll be written in their foreheads? It is The Word Of God! (See also John 1:1,14). In other words, Scripture, God's Word, will be in their hearts, minds, and souls!

Revelation 13:16-18 is based on Ezekiel 8 and 9. The "mark" symbolized the spiritual condition of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The ones with the "mark" were in allegiance with God. However, in Revelation, the mark is reversed. That is to say, the mark was on those who were against God and had allegiance to the "beast

 

 

A Name represents ones Character

Biblically, a name represents one’s character. This is why God changed the name of his servants (Genesis 17:5,15; 32:28; 35:10, 2 Samuel 12:25, Acts 13:9), and told parents what to name their unborn child (Genesis 16:11; 17:19, 1 Chronicles 22:9, Isaiah 7:14, Hosea 1:4,6,9, Matthew 1:21,24, Luke 1:13,31), and why men have chosen one name over another for their child (Judges 6:32, Genesis 35:18, Luke 1:59-60), and why name's of cities have been changed (Genesis 28:19): to reflect their character!

God wanted to seal his name, his character, his Law in his people

(Isaiah 8:16). God’s character is God’s Law, and is described in the Word of God. God’ Law was going to be written in the hearts and minds (foreheads) of the first century church, Hebrews 10:16, Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26.

Characteristic

God Is

The Law Is

Good

Luke 18:19

1 Timothy 1:18

Holy

Isaiah 5:16

Romans 7:12

Perfect

Matthew 5:48

Psalm 19:7

Pure

1 John 3:2,3

Psalm 19:8

Just

Deuteronomy 32:4

Romans 7:12

True

John 3:33

Psalm 19:9

Spiritual

1 Corinthians 10:4

Romans 7:14

Righteousness

Jeremiah 23:6

Psalm 119:172

Faithful

1 Corinthians 1:9

Psalm 119:86

Love

1 John 4:8

Romans 13:10

Unchangeable

James 1:17

Matthew 5:18

Eternal

Genesis 21:33

Psalm 111:7,8

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The Mark in the Right Hand

Revelation 13:16 says the Mark will be placed in the "right hand." Again, this is a symbolic term used to denote a position of power. The Lord is said to be at one's "right hand"(Psalm16:8-I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.;73:23-Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. ;

121:5-The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

Isaiah 41:13- For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you

45:1-This is what the Lord says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut

63:12-who sent his glorious arm of power to be at Moses’ right hand,who divided the waters before them,to gain for himself everlasting renown

Acts 2:25- David said about him:‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

so the right hand is symbolic for who your Lord is, who you obey. The "right hand" denotes the power of the Lord

Exo.15:6,12-Your right hand, Lord,was majestic in power.Your right hand, Lord,shattered the enemy.9-I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’12 You stretch out your right hand,
and the earth swallows your enemies.

Psalm 16:11-You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.o

17:7-Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.

18:35-You make your saving help my shield,and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great

20:6-Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand

48:10-Like your name, O God,your praise reaches to the ends of the earth; your right hand is filled with righteousness

60:5-Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered

63:8-I cling to you; your right hand upholds me

77:10-Then I thought, “To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand

98:1-Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things;his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.

118:15-16-Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous:The Lords right hand has done mighty things!The Lords right hand is lifted high; the Lords right hand has done mighty things!”

139:10- even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast

Isaiah41:10-So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

48:13- My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens;
when I summon them, they all stand up together

62:8-The Lord has sworn by his right handand by his mighty arm:
Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled

Eze.21:22-Into his right hand will come the lot for Jerusalem, where he is to set up battering rams, to give the command to slaughter, to sound the battle cry, to set battering rams against the gates, to build a ramp and to erect siege works

Hab.2:16-You will be filled with shame instead of glory.Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed[]!The cup from the Lords right hand is coming around to you,
and disgrace will cover your glory

Acts 5:31- God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins.

and the power of Jesus Christ (Mat.26:64, Mark 14:62). Jesus is at the "right hand" of the Father (Psalm 110:1,5, Mat.22:44, Mark 12:36; 16:19, Luke 20:42; 22:69, Acts 2:33-34; 7:55-56, Rom.8:34, Eph.1:20, Col.3:1, Heb.1:3,13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2, 1Pet.3:22).

The "right hand" also denotes work (Psalm 78:54; 80:15), and the power of man (Psalm 45:9; 89:13). The "right hand" could be an adversary of the Lord (Psalm 21:8; 89:42, Lam.2:4, Zech.3:1). A right hand denoted falsehood (Psalm 144:8,11). A wise man's heart is at his right hand (Ecc.10:2), and whatever you embrace with the "right hand" is where your heart is (Sol.2:6; 8:3). Similarly to how Jesus places the things he values on his right hand, and the things he despises on his left (Mat.25:33-34), the right hand is symbolic for the things we value more than other things. Was thier right hand the mark of obedience to God Law, or to man's law?

"In" or "On"?

Some might claim that Revelation speaks of the mark being "in" the hand, whereas other books speak of the mark being "on" their hand. In Revelation 13:16; 14:9, the term "in" is Greek word #1909, epi, and there isno difference between the word "in" or "on". This same Greek word is translated as both "in" and "on" in Revelation 4:2,4; 5:1; 6:5; 7:15; 9:17; 10:2; 13:14; 14:1,6,14-16; 17:8; 18:19, and 20:6. Notice especially Revelation 5:1 for proof that the phrase "in the right hand" does not mean literally inside the right hand. And Revelation 10:2 for proof that "in his hand" does not mean literally inside his hand. And Revelation 14:1, in which the word "in" as used in the phrase "in their foreheads" is translated as "on" in the very same verse!

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