Nothing strikes the fear of God in someone more than the prospect of the mark of the beast.
Everyone who refused to worship the idol of the beast was put to death. All people were forced to put a mark on their right hand or forehead. Whether they were powerful or weak, rich or poor, free people or slaves, they all had to have this mark, or else they could not buy or sell anything. This mark stood for the name of the beast and for the number of its name (Revelation 13:15-17 CEV).
The number of this beast is the terrifying triplicate 666.
But we can take heart, for there is another forehead mark recorded by John in his prophecy of end time events. It, although mentioned first, does not get the press that 666 does. Perhaps, because it does not conjure up cringing fear.
After this I saw four angels. Each one was standing on one of the earth’s four corners. The angels held back the four winds, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. These angels had also been given the power to harm the earth and the sea. Then I saw another angel come up from where the sun rises in the east, and he was ready to put the mark of the living God on people. He shouted to the four angels, “Don’t harm the earth or the sea or any tree! Wait until I have marked the foreheads of the servants of our God” (Revelation 7:2-3 CEV).
Putting a mark on the forehead of God’s servants was not new news. It had been foreshadowed in one of Ezekiel’s visions about 700 years before John saw his prophetic picture.
Ezekiel viewed seven men–six with battle-axes and one with writing paraphernalia. Avenging judgment was to begin. But before God would permit it, He would make a distinction. That was the job for the man without a battle-ax.
He called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn by his side. And Jehovah said unto 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 over all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof (Ezekiel 9:3-4 ASV).
Then God “turned to the other six men and said, ‘Follow him and put to death everyone who doesn’t have a mark on their forehead. Show no mercy or pity! Kill men and women, parents and children. Begin here at my temple and be sure not to harm those who are marked’” (Ezekiel 9:5-6 CEV).
So there are two sets of people: those who serve God and those who follow Satan. God marks His servants for protection. Satan marks his for damnation.
Finally, a third angel came and shouted: Here is what will happen if you worship the beast and the idol and have the mark of the beast on your hand or forehead. You will have to drink the wine that God gives to everyone who makes him angry. You will feel his mighty anger, and you will be tortured with fire and burning sulfur, while the holy angels and the Lamb look on (Revelation 14:9-10 CEV).
When all the scary happenings have passed, John then predicts:
And there shall be no curse any more: and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be therein: and his servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face; and his name shall be on their foreheads (Revelation 22:3-4 ASV).