Q. I enjoy gleaning wisdom from this site. I get questioned by naysayers in my church. They can’t understand why some in the Church are obsessed with end times events. This time a sister asks why so many believe that the mark of the Beast will be physical, like a microchip, and not a mark like the one the Holy Spirit gives to believers. Could you offer some advice?
A. One reason that the mark of the beast has to be a physical one is that it will serve as an ID of sorts, necessary for the conduct of everyday business and personal transactions. (Rev. 13:17)
It may not only authorize a person to conduct financial transactions but could even be the access code for the transfer of funds. It could also be a repository for essential personal, medical, and other information. In short it could be the single most important piece of personal identification in the post rapture world.