Electronic skin is a technological innovation that enables people to wear an electronic circuit on their skin like it is a temporary tattoo. Electronic skin can be applied to many places on the human body, including the arm and the forehead.
Like with many innovations that place electronics on a person’s skin, some wonder whether electronic skin technology could represent the Mark of the Beast. For instance, the Drudge Report posted the headline: “Mark OF THE BEAST? Electronic tattoo has medical, gaming, spy uses…” In addition, I found multiple online forums speculating about the potential for electronic skin to serve as the Mark of the Beast.
I will provide my insights on whether electronic skin technology has the potential to be the Mark of the Beast in this article.
Revelation 13 states that the False Prophet will force people to get a special (visible) mark on their right hand or on their forehead. Although the mark will enable a person to conduct transactions, a person could get by with having beast’s number or the name of the beast (verse 17):
“(16) 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: (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.” (Revelation 13:16-17)
The fact that a person can also buy or sell by using the name of the beast or the number of the beast shows that people do not obtain the Mark of the Beast so that they buy or sell. The Mark of the Beast’s main purpose is to serve as a way for people to prove that their allegiances are with Antichrist. In other words, accepting the Mark of the Beast means that you have declared yourself a follower of the Antichrist and thereby an opponent of God.
I expect the Mark of the Beast will be a permanent thing on a person’s body because the Antichrist would likely want something that makes people demonstrate their long-lasting loyalty towards him. What stronger way for someone to demonstrate their loyalty to Antichrist then to get something on their body that Antichrist wants them to get and cannot be removed? Furthermore, Revelation 14:9-11 provides a stern warning to people who receive the Mark of the Beast. Those who receive the Mark of the Beast will be punished severely for eternity:
“(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: (11) And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11)
The passage suggests that there is no turning back for those with the Mark of the Beast. Perhaps a key reason for this is that the Mark of the Beast cannot be removed from a person’s body.
After discussing the likely permanence of the Mark of the Beast on a person’s body, it is important to note that the electronic skin technology that researchers have developed is not permanent. Therefore, I do not see electronic skin technology (in its current form) being used as the Mark of the Beast at this point in time. Nevertheless, electronic skin technology is a good example of how rapidly technology is advancing. The technology we see today is something that was probably unimaginable to people who studied Bible passages concerning the Mark of the Beast 100 or even 50 years ago. We live in some interesting times…
If you would like to learn how to identify when the Mark of the Beast is about to be introduced, click this link for my article on the topic: When Is the Mark of the Beast Coming & Will You Be Forced to Get It?
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