The mark of the beast and the mark of YHVH. We all want to make sure we avoid the first and have the second. But what are they? What are the signs that one is a child of YHVH or a child of haSatan? We are all familiar with the fact that the ‘Mark of the Beast’ will be on the right hand or on the forehead (Rev 13:16) and that all who receive the mark are condemned (14:9, 10). YHVH also has marks or signs for His people that are affixed either literally or figuratively upon the hand or the head. The commandments of Torah are a sign on the hand and head, and this commandment is literally fulfilled with T’ffilin (phylacteries).
Therefore you shall lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand,that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. (Deut 11:18, also 6:8,9)
Festivals, like the Passover, are also signs placed on the hand and head.
And it [Passover] shall be for a sign unto you upon your hand,and for a memorial between your eyes.... (Ex. 13:9, 16)
Shabbat is a sign sign of the whole covenant and those who treat it as holy show that they are in a covenant relationship with YHVH.
It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days YHVH made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed (Ex 31:17)
In these passages we see that Torah(My Words) is a sign upon the head and hands of the people of YHVH and that when the people of YHVH celebrate the Passover (and the other Sabbaths), they figuratively have the sign of YHVH on their heads and hands. These marks are so important because they are continual reminders of who we are in YHVH. When the Sabbath is celebrated, we remember the creation and the redemption of YHVH. When we look at T’effilin or Tzitzit, we are reminded of the covenant and the people we are part of. Everything that YHVH commanded us to do in Torah has the purpose of reminding us of his work and sanctifying every aspect of out lives. People who joyfully perfom the mitzvot (commandments) of the signs show whose they are, the sealed ones of YHVH.
Now let’s return to Revelation. Rev 9:4 refers to "..those men which have not the seal of YHVH on their foreheads...". This points us to Rev. 7 where the 144,000 are sealed with "the seal of the living G-d". In Rev. 14:1 we read that these 144,000 have "His [the Lamb's] Father's name written on their foreheads." T’fellin have traditionally contained the Torah passages Ex 13:6, Dt 6:4-9, 11-18 and 13-23, which contain the name YHVH and are a literal fulfillment of this passage. Several times, the sealed ones are described as those who keep the commandments of YHVH (Torah) and the Testimony of the Messiah (Yahushua) (Rev 12:17, 14:12, 22:14) They are also described as "being firstfruits unto YHVH and to the Lamb" (Rev. 14:4) (in Hebrew "firstfruits" and "firstborn" are the same word, and thus point us to Israel as the remnant people of YHVH). Remember that Passover is to be a sign upon one’s hand and forehead and that at Passover the blood of the Lamb redeems the firstborn and protects them from the plague of the firstborn, which is exactly the purpose of the seal in Rev 9, to protect the people of YHVH from the Destroyer. The seal of the YHVH in Revelation is clearly connected to the mitzvot of Passover (and the other Sabbaths), the t'fillin (and the mezuzah) because the sealed ones are those who keep the commandments of YHVH which are contained in the Torah and include the signs. In Revelation this is contrasted with the "mark of the Beast" (Rev. 13:16-17; 14:9, 11; 20:4).
A parallel passage is found in Ezekiel 9. Here YHVH sends an angelic being to "...set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof." The ones that receive this distinctive mark are those who are weeping for the sins committed by the people of Israel. As such, they are righteous men and women who fear G-d and understand the serousness of sin. Then He sends six beings with slaughter weapons to kill all of those that lack this mark. After this in Chapter 10, The being which marked them goes before the throne of YHVH, takes fire and casts it down. This clearly parallels Rev. 7:1-8; 8:1-5. The question is: What are the "abominations" that the marked/sealed ones of Yechezk'el (Ezek.) 9 are mourning about? The answer is found in the previous chapter.
Throughout Yechezk'el (Ezek.) chapter eight we are told of various "abominations." The first of these involves an "image of jealousy" (8:5-6) Scholars generally identify this as the idol of Astarte (both Halley's and Unger's Bible Handbooks make this identification). Astarte is also known as Ishtar and Easter. The next "abomination" involves men worshiping in the dark (8:7-12). The next involved a woman "weeping for Tammuz" (8:13-14). Finally we are shown men facing the east and worshiping the Sun, their backs to the temple. (8:15-17). These images all point to the observance of the Pagan Babylonian festival of Easter and sun worship. This day is similarly observed in Christendom today. Roman Catholics commonly worship with images of Mary whom they call "The Mother of God" (a title of the goddess Easter). There is a period of mourning for the dead deity (lent), a time in which the alter candles are removed and the alter is dark, followed by rejoicing at his resurrection with a sunrise service. Obviously Easter is observed in Protestant and Orthodox churches as well although the forms may be slightly different. The "abominations" that those marked on their foreheads (by YHVH) are mourning about involve the observance of Easter, the origin of which is found in Babylon and not in the Scriptures.
Those with the seal of YHVH are observing Passover (and Torah) and those that do not receive this seal are observing Easter (and other extra-biblical traditions like Sunday worship and Christmas). There is a clear relationship revealed in these passages as follows:
SEAL OF YHVH-------------- MARK OF THE BEAST
PASSOVER ------------------- EASTER
T'FILLIN & MEZUZAH--------- (literal manifestation of this mark to buy and sell)
BIBLICAL JUDAISM----------- CHRISTIANITY (and other non-biblical pagan religions)
The end of this age is going to be a horrible time for those who do not receive the salvation offered to those who have the mark of YHVH. And the mark of YHVH belongs to those who have rejected the things of paganism and have embraced the things of YHVH as they are detailed in the Scriptures. They are those who not only say ‘Lord, Lord’ but they also do what he said (Matt 7:22-27). Friendship with the world and it’s system and it’s religion and it’s celebrations is to be an enemy of YHVH (Ya’akov 4:4). It is not the miraculous, it is not the passion or the sincerity (people can be sincerely wrong and passionate about a lie) but a steady, continual obedience to the truth of the Scriptures that mark one as His. The privileged ones who receive the mark of YHVH (and display it now) are those who adhere to YHVH’s way, YHVH’s celebrations and YHVH’s truth. Those that have victory over the Beast are those who know and sinf the song of Moshe as well as the song of the Lamb (Rev 15:2-3) The choice is between the world described in the Scriptures and the pagan world created by man and haSatan. Which world you embrace determines your mark. Which one will you receive?