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The Mark Of The Beast: Definitions Study

Posted by swansongsinging on February 16, 2011

The Mark Of The Beast~Definitions Study


Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto 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.


Rev 13:16 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:


Rev 13:17 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.


International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Mark

mark: In the King James Version this word is used 22

times as a noun and 26 times as a predicate. In the

former case it is represented by 5 Hebrew and 3 Greek

words; in the latter by 11 Hebrew and 2 Greek words. As a noun

IT IS PURELY A PHYSICAL TERM, GAINING ALMOST A TECHNICAL SIGNIFICANCE

As a noun the term “mark” may signify, according to its

various Hebrew and Greek originals, a sign, “a target” an

object of assault, a brand or STIGMA CUT or burnt in the

flesh, a goal or end in view, a stamp or imprinted or

engraved sign.

(4) ????, k?a?a?k?a?, “A STIGMACUT or burnt. The

Israelites were forbidden (Lev_19:28) to follow the

custom of other oriental and heathen nations in CUTTING,

disfiguring or branding their bodies.

The specific prohibition “not to print any marks upon”

themselves evidently has reference to the custom of

tattooing common among savage tribes, and in vogue

among both men and women of the lower orders in

Arabia, Egypt, and many other lands. It was intended to

cultivate reverence for and a sense of the sacredness of

the human body, as God’s creation, known in the

Christian era as the temple of the Holy Spirit.

See also

CUTTINGS IN THE FLESH.


Strong’s Hebrew & Greek Dictionaries
G4742
st?´?µa
stigma
stig’-mah
From a primary word st?´?? stizo¯ (to “STICK”, that is, PRICK); a mark INCISED or PUNCHED

(for recognition of ownership), that is, (figuratively) scar of service: – mark.

G5516
???
chi xi stigma
khee xee stig’-ma
The
22nd, 14th and an obsolete letter (G4742 as a cross) of the Greek
alphabet (intermediate between the 5th and 6th), used as numbers;
denoting respectively 600, 60 and 6; 666 as a numeral: – six hundred threescore and six.


Thayer’s Greek Definitions
G4742
st?´?µa
stigma
Thayer Definition:
1) a mark PRICKED IN or
branded upon the body. To ancient oriental usage, slaves and soldiers
bore the name or the stamp of their master or commander branded or PRICKED (CUT) into
their bodies to indicate what master or general they belonged to, and
there were even some devotee’s who stamped themselves in this way with
the token of their gods
Part of Speech: noun neuter
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from a primary stizo (to “STICK”, i.e. PRICK)
Citing in TDNT: 7:657, 1086

 

Vincent’s Word Studies
Rev 13:16 -
A mark (?a´?a?µa)


The word occurs frequently in Revelation, and only once elsewhere
(Act_17:29) on which see note. Commentators find illustrations in the
brand set upon slaves by their masters, or upon soldiers by their
monarchs, and in the branding of slaves attached to certain temples.
Herodotus describes a temple to Hercules at the Canopic mouth of the
Nile, and says: “If a slave runs away from his master, and taking
sanctuary at this shrine gives himself up to the God,and receives certain sacred marks upon his person,
whosoever his master may be, he cannot lay hand on him” (ii., 113). In
the treatise “concerning the Syrian goddess” falsely attributed to
Lucian, it is said of the slaves of the temple, “all are branded, some
upon the wrist and some upon the neck.” Paul, in Gal_6:17, applies the
word for these brands, st?´?µata, to the marks of Christ’s service
which he bears in his body. In 3 Macc. 2:29, we read that Ptolemy
Philopator required all the Jews of Alexandria to be registered among
the common people; and that those who were thus registered were to be
marked (?a?a´ses?a?) on their persons by the ivy-leaf symbol of
Dionysus (Bacchus). In Lev_19:28, the Israelites are forbidden to make

CUTTINGS IN THEIR FLESH

for the dead and to print marks (??a´µµata st??ta`) upon themselves.

 

Albert Barnes’ Notes On The Bible
Rev 13:16 -
To receive a mark IN their right hand, or IN their

foreheads – The word here rendered “mark” – ?a´?a?µa

charagma – occurs only in one place in the New

Testament except in the Book of Revelation Act_17:29,

where it is rendered “graven.” In all the other places

where it is found Rev_13:16-17; Rev_14:9, Rev_14:11;

Rev_15:2; Rev_16:2; Rev_19:20; Rev_20:4, it is rendered

“mark,” and is applied to the same thing – the “mark of

the beast.” The word properly means “something graven

or sculptured”; hence:
(a) a graving, sculpture, sculptured work, as

images or idols;
(b) a mark CUT IN or stamped – as the stamp on a

coin.
Applied to people, it was used to denote some stamp or

mark on the hand or elsewhere – as in the case of a

servant on whose hand or arm the name of the master

was impressed; or of a soldier on whom some mark was

impressed denoting the company or phalanx to which he

belonged. It was no uncommon thing to mark slaves or

soldiers in this way; and the design was either to denote

their ownership or rank, or to prevent their escaping so

as not to be detected.
Most of us have seen such marks made on the hands or

arms of sailors, in which, by a voluntary tattooing, their

names, or the names of their vessels, were written, or

the figure of an anchor, or some other DEVICE, was

indelibly made BY PUNCTURES IN the skin, and BY INSERTING

some kind of coloring matter. The thing which it is here

said was engraven on the hand or the forehead was the

“name” of the beast, or the “number” of his name,

Rev_13:17. That is, the “name” or the “number” was so

indelibly inscribed either on the hand or the forehead, as

to show that he who bare it pertained to the “beast,” and

was subject to his authority – as a slave is to his master,

or a soldier to his commander.

Compare the notes on Rev_7:3.

2 Responses to “The Mark Of The Beast: Definitions Study”

  1. I agree with you totally. Please write more.

  2. Nice idea, please explain more!

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