Writing about the mark of the best was a topic I was toying with including in my recently written novella. In the end, I did not. The Biblical reference of this concept is, of course, tied to Revelation 13:17, and the message that is conveyed is that folks are neither able to buy nor sell without this symbol, mark or chip implanted on their forearm of forehead.
Like the subject of the Rapture of the Church, which I discuss in my writing, the mark of the beast has a lot of controversy and differing views surrounding it. It is a “hot button” issue for many Christians. Does it happen before the rapture, or after? (Will Christians, in any event, be raptured before the “Great Tribulation”? Or is the Great Tribulation a more general reference to the times when Christians are persecuted / martyred?)
In my estimation, there is no need for dismay when considering such matters. Though questions may abound, our souls can be at rest if we’ve put our faith in Christ as Saviour. He is our rescuer from all peril. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus is knocking on the door of every human heart, asking us to dine and sup with him. If you haven’t already done so, will you heed his call? Eternity hangs in the balance…
My grandfather, a successful freelance graphic designer, had told my mother and her siblings of when the barcode came out in the seventies. He was intrigued by the concept, as his products featured it on them. Similarly to how we cannot make definite statements taken from a handful of verses sprinkled throughout Scripture about the Rapture, we cannot make a direct connection between the Universal Product Code, or ISBNs, and the mark of the best. We can say, however, that there is a general trend to insert chips into humans and animals for various purposes, including tracking. In our personal aide-mémoire, though, we can remember how Jesus Christ is victorious in the end! In Revelation 22:4, we see that those who have put their faith in Jesus will have his name written on their foreheads, and gaze on his glorious face.