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					                             Seal of Antichrist

    Antichrist shall stamp with his own seal all those who shall have made their
obeisance to him. There is very little said concerning the seal of Antichrist in the
Holy Scriptures and the fathers of the Church. St. John the Theologian writes in
Revelation: And he (Antichrist) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their foreheads, 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 (Revelation 13:16-18).
    These words clearly show that the seal of Antichrist will be a special imprint,
or a sign on the right hand, and that this seal will have a threefold appearance: a
plain imprint or seal, the imprint of the name of Antichrist, and finally, the
number of the name on the right hand or forehead. St. Andrew of Caesarea and St.
Hippolytus indicate the signs of the seal of Antichrist. St. Andrew first explains
the seal of Antichrist in an allegorical manner, saying that the seal on the right
hand is the denial of good, and the one on the forehead is a denial of truth and a
service of flattery (Explanation of Revelation; Vol. 13, Ch. 37, p. 62). Secondly,
the seal of Antichrist will also have an outer sign - it will contain the number of
the name of Antichrist, 666, but the grace of God has not given us to know this
name. The same clue is given by St. Hippolytus. Therefore the seal of Antichrist
is a special mark on the forehead [and/or] on the right hand. It is also such a mark
that it could be placed on every other part of the body, but as St. Ephraim the
Syrian explains, it will be on the right hand in order to hinder the followers of
Antichrist from using their right hands to make the sign of the cross of the Lord,
which is especially fearful for Antichrist.

				
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