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A MARK ON THE FOREHEAD

    Bible Symbolism

Revelation 22:4 ....and his name shall be in their foreheads.

     Apparently marks or branding on the forehead in the ancient world were a common thing. Mostly for slaves, criminals or groups in disfavor of the ruling powers. With the advent of Bible based Christianity, meaning when the general public gained access to Bibles which did not occur until after the last part of the Roman Empire fell in 1453 AD. This practice like legal human slavery and cruel punishments for crimes began to slowly fade away. The Bible uses the practice that must have been well known in Bible times to illustrate ownership, servant hood or slavery. It would be hard to imagine that someone reading a very large prophecy like Revelation where 90% of  the literal events are prophesied using illustrations taking this particular visual aid itself as a literal event. In other words taking symbolic imagery of what is meant to convey ownership or citizenship of the Kingdom of heaven as a litteral mark on the forehead of those who belong to Christ. Even though this particular half verse does absolutely nothing as far as proving this articles contention. (While most of the other verses offer un-assailable proof.)  I would be curious as to how people who can't get beyond the illustrations themselves in the book of Revelation to the events they are actually prophesying  about think of this verse.  Here are some other verses in the Bible that use marking the forehead as an illustration to convey certain ideas.

 

     Exodus 28:36 And you shall make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 37 And you shall put it on a blue lace, that it may be upon the mitre; upon the forefront of the mitre it shall be. 38 And it shall be upon Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may bear the iniquity of the holy things, which the children of Israel shall hallow in all their holy gifts; and it shall be always upon his forehead, that they may be accepted before the LORD.

     Ezekiel 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; 4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

     Revelation 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads...... 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

     Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 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. Note* The "beast" described uses the same illustration as the four empires in Daniel. Named and dated as Babylonian, Medo\Perisan, Greek and Roman.  The successive prophecies in the Bible about these four empires always give as prophecy more details about the same four empires. The animal with two horns that looks like a lamb but speaks as a dragon is the Roman empire when it claimed Christianity, (looked like a lamb but spoke as a dragon.) Split into an eastern and western branch, (the two horns.) and moved the capitol of the empire to Constantinople in the fourth century A.D.

     Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

     Revelation 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

     Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: which is great Babylon, the mother of all abominations 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.  Again as a progressive revelation or prophecy given to many prophets over hundreds of years. We have the ten horns interpreted by Daniel as the fourth empire, the Roman one. The seven heads were added details about the Roman empire as the prophecy progressed in Revelation 13.  Now we have a further detail about the nature of Rome's despotic empire. The Babylonian system of government that imposes idolatry on the people to keep them ignorant, superstitious, easily manipulated and separated from God the author of freedom from tyranny.

     Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

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