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What does the Name of God have to do with Our Foreheads?
In both the Old and New Testaments, we find Scripture use the word forehead quite a few times. In some cases, it literally means the surface of the head just above the eyes. What is interesting is that more often than not, the forehead refers to something that goes on inside the head. It is something that refers to the heart and mind or our thoughts and actions in a figurative sense.
Old Testament Forehead
And you shall fasten it on the turban by a cord of blue. It shall be on the front of the turban. It shall be on Aaron’s FOREHEAD – Exodus 28:27-38
And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his FOREHEAD. – 1 Samuel 17:49
These Scripture references above give literal examples of a forehead, but there are also figurative examples as well.
Therefore the showers have been withheld, and the spring rain has not come; yet you have the FOREHEAD OF A WHORE; you refuse to be ashamed. – Jeremiah 3:3
But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel have a HARD FOREHEAD and a stubborn heart. Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your FOREHEAD as HARD as their FOREHEADS. – Ezekiel 3:7-8
New Testament Forehead
Moving on to the New Testament, we also can reference forehead in a figurative sense as well.
“Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their FOREHEADS.” – Revelation 7:3
Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name WRITTEN ON THEIR FOREHEADS. – Revelation 14:1
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the RIGHT HAND or the FOREHEAD – Revelation 13:16
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his FOREHEAD or on his HAND – Revelation 14:9
Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its MARK ON THEIR FOREHEADS or THEIR HANDS. – Revelation 20:4
They will see his face, and his NAME WILL BE ON THEIR FOREHEADS. – Revelation 22:4
If we can make the distinction between the literal and figurative, we may find some deeper meaning and clarity on the name of God that affects who we are both physically and spiritually.
The Forehead and the Name of God
What is interesting is that the forehead in the book of Revelation refers to a physical area of the body, but in a figuratively way speaks of people who walk the action of the heart, mind and hands. Upon their foreheads, they either have the name of God, or the mark of the beast.
There are other references to peruse within Scripture, but it is important to make the connection to the name and how the name effects our foreheads and what type of action and results it brings.
Mark of the Beast
There is name that is in opposition to God. It is an opposing name; it is the mark of the beast.
And on her FOREHEAD was written A NAME OF MYSTERY: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.” – Revelation 17:5
I believe this name refers to the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. This is the counterfeit of the one true God.
“I HAVE MANIFESTED YOUR NAME to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. – John 17:6
Things get even more interesting; there is also a connection of what is 'between the eyes' as stated in Scripture. What is 'between the eyes' is located on the forehead too.
And it shall be to you as a sign on your HAND and as a memorial BETWEEN YOUR EYES, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth. – Exodus 13:9
You shall bind them as a sign ON YOUR HAND, and they shall be as FRONTLETS BETWEEN YOUR EYES. – Deuteronomy 6:8
Is there a connection here?
Understanding the name of God is important.
Is God's name about knowing how to physically pronounce it, or is it a spiritual understanding of who God is?
Could it be both?
God knew the antichrist beast religion would come and most would be deceived into worshipping the religion of the Great Whore. It is a distinction of mind (forehead) and action (hand) that marks who we are.
There is debate on the Father’s name and the proper pronunciations, but there is a greater matter at stake concerning God's name. It is about being sealed with the Father’s name on our foreheads, but it is not just about the forehead, it is also about following the name to where it leads.
It is these WHO FOLLOW the Lamb wherever he goes. – Revelation 14:4
We find the name of the Father through the name of His Son.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send IN MY NAME, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
The name of the beast is marked upon the religious people who gather to worship in spiritual Babylon. We know this because the mark of truth is not found on their foreheads.
The name of God attests to all those who are in the likeness and character of Him through the name of His Son. They have the Spirit of God within them because they too are one in spirit with both the Father and His Son.
Those among the ekklesia have the Father’s name written on their foreheads. The name is found through the Son of the one true God. It is a transformation of mind through the fruit of repentance that brings us into the likeness and His character. We too become sons and daughters of the Father, just like Christ who first led they way by his example. Christ was the beginning of the Gospel and the messenger of the Kingdom of God.
The BEGINNING of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. - Mark 1:1
Just as those who from the BEGINNING were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word - Luke 1:2
That which was FROM THE BEGINNING, WHICH WE HAVE HEARD, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands - 1 John 1:1
Let what you heard from the BEGINNING abide in you. If what you HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son AND in the Father. - 1 John 2:24
For this is the message that you HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING, that we should love one another. - 1 John 3:11
And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me FROM THE BEGINNING. - John 15:27
And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had FROM THE BEGINNING—that we love one another. - 2 John 1:5-6
Names are important, as they are identifiers. Many have a sharing in a name as in a last name. Scripture attests to many names that were selected according to their meaning of those who worshipped God. Children were even named according to the pagan gods they worshipped. King Nebuchadnezzar was named after a pagan god, Nabu.
To the ONE WHO CONQUERS I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a NEW NAME written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’ – Revelation 2:17
The ONE WHO CONQUERS, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him THE NAME OF MY GOD, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and MY OWN NEW NAME. – Revelation 3:12
The overcomer who has given up their lifestyle of sin will be living in the fruit of repentance. They have become a new creation identified as one who comes in the name of the Father through His Son. His name will be written on their foreheads. This is a brand of ownership.
The frontal lobe of the brain covered by the forehead is the part of the mind that deals with our conscious choices. It is the seed of the conscience. New habits are formed and replaced with others. The mind is remoulded after the pattern of our new habits.
There are those who will accept, or deny the divine name of God to be written on their minds (foreheads). Their allegiance to the name becomes the centre of their thoughts. Their name becomes their brand-name. Their habits either bear the fruit of repentance or they do not.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that THEY MAY ALL BE ONE, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE IN US, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I HAVE GIVEN TO THEM, THAT THEY MAY BE ONE EVEN AS WE ARE ONE, I in them and you in me, that they may become PERFECTLY ONE, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. - John 17:20-23
Will you yield to the name of the Beast or the name of the One true God and His Son becoming one in spirit with them?
Christ our Saviour, the Son of God is our example. If we follow him, we will become sons and daughters of God also.
The name that is written on our foreheads is about being in subjection to God through the name of His Son.
But to all who did receive him, who believed IN HIS NAME, he gave the right to become CHILDREN OF GOD, WHO WERE BORN, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but OF GOD. – John 1:12-13
And he is the head of the body, the ekklesias. HE IS THE BEGINNING, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. – Colossians 1:18
I Am Who I Am
God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ THIS IS MY NAME FOREVER, and thus I AM TO BE REMEMBERED THROUGHOUT ALL GENERATIONS. – Exodus 3:13-15
The name of our Father, God is 'I am who I am.' His name is a verb, which is an action; therefore, an action is required upon our minds (foreheads). What we do makes a distinction between what name or mark is upon us.
“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, GLORIFY YOUR NAME. ”Then a voice came from heaven: “I HAVE GLORIFIED IT, AND I WILL GLORIFY IT AGAIN.” – John 12:27
Do you find it interesting that the name of God is an action?
Many give lip service to the Father and the Son, but do not act upon the name. They also worship a god of their own making and the result of their actions reveals the mark that is upon their foreheads.
To what name is your allegiance to?
God said moreover to Moses, "You shall tell the children of Israel this, 'YAHWEH, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' THIS IS MY NAME FOREVER, and this is my memorial to all generations. - Exodus 3:15 WEB
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