UPDATE: The Mark of the Beast becomes the law of the land in the USA October 1st, 2020 and Globally by 2030. See this video (References: The Real ID Act of 2005 and Article 16.9 United Nations)
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[APFN's page on the SSN]
The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it.
John Hay - Castilian Days, II, 1872
Is making Sunday the Sabbath the Mark?
What day is the Sabbath? What about celebrating the holidays of Christmas and Easter?
There are those who say that the Mark of the Beast is the "mark" of keeping Sunday the Sabbath (when according to them it should be Saturday) and that celebrating Christmas and Easter are pagen holidays. The problem with this idea is that it does not fit scripture. It's very clear scripture says "no man shall buy or sell" without the mark. Well neither of these behaviors fit. You can buy, or not buy on any day of the year. You can choose to work, or not work on Christmas or Easter or not. The laws of the US specifically have recognized that if a person does not want to work on Saturday due to religious conviction, the employeer can't make them. Or they can refuse to work on Christmas or Easter and it's honored. So it doesn't fit the prophesy. But try to work without an SSN and you will find a different situation.
Additionally, look at Saturday. It's Saturns day. Saturn, the Roman God. And Sunday is "the Sun's day" or Baal's day. So both of them would be acknowledging a god other than the One. The 7th day is the Sabbath by whatever name you call it, and you should keep the 7th day Holy. But Sunday worship is not the Mark of the Beast because:
I agree Sunday worship may not honoring the 3rd/4th Commandment, but it is not the Mark of the Beast.