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REVELATION Q&A: MARK OF THE BEAST

Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. —  1 Comment
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In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful.

What is the “Mark of the Beast”? And because you answer will obviously have to have some first century application, isn’t it at all curious to you that for the first time in human history — with microchips, retinal scanners, a growing one-world economy, etc. — that the technology exists to make the “Mark of the Beast” a reality?

(1) It is no more a literal mark than the mark of the Lamb in the next few verses (14:1).

(2) Such a mark is a metaphor for dominion and control. In Rev 13 no one may buy or sell without the mark.

(3) The beast who imposes it has divine pretensions, forcing his worship on the world (13:4, 8). This speaks of emperor worship by Nero Caesar.


Beast of Revelation: Identified (DVD by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.)
A biblical and historical argument for Nero being the beast of Revelation.
Professionally produced video of Gentry’s lecture at the 1999 Ligonier National Conference.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com


(4) This very OT oriented book is using the mark on the right hand and forehead as a negative reflection on God’s requiring his Law on his people (Dt 6:8).

(5) Any present day mark goes against John’s time-frame (near), relevance (persecuted churches), and theme (judgment of Israel).


The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)
Six lectures on six DVDs that introduce Revelation as a whole,
then focuses on its glorious conclusion.
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Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

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Ken is a Presbyterian pastor and the author or co-author of over thirty books, most on eschatology. He has been married since 1971, and has three children and several grandchildren. He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (B.A., 1973), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1977), and Whitefield Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1986; Th.D., 1988). He currently pastors Living Hope Presbyterian Church (affiliated with the RPCGA) in Greer, SC. Much of his writing is in the field of eschatology, including his 600 page book, He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology and his 400 page, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (his Th.D. dissertation). He contributed chapters to two Zondervan CounterPoints books on eschatological issues: Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (edited by Darrell L. Bock) and Four Views on the Book of Revelation (edited by C. Marvin Pate). He also debated Thomas D. Ice in Kregel's The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? His books have been published by American Vision, Baker, Zondervan, Kregel, P & R, Greenhaven Press, Nordskog, Wipf & Stock, and several other publishers. He has published scores of articles in such publications as Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Evangelical Theological Society Journal, Banner of Truth, Christianity Today, Antithesis, Contra Mundum, and others. He has spoken at over 100 conferences in America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and a Church Council Committee member of Coalition on Revival.

One response to REVELATION Q&A: MARK OF THE BEAST

  1. Ken, these have been very helpful. Thanks

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