In Revelation 14:1, John sees the same assembly of believers with the “name” of the Father and Son on their foreheads.

And, in Revelation 22:4, while an angel is leading John on a tour of the New Jerusalem that descended out of heaven, he is told that the servants of God who live in the celestial city will have God’s name on their foreheads.

Those so marked would be saved from the destructed that was to be visited upon the sinners.

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Although often translated as sealed, the Greek word in these three texts is the same as the one used in Revelation 7:3, sphragizō, which one biblical concordance defines as to set a seal upon, mark with a seal, to seal for a number of purposes, including security from Satan and to prove one’s testimony to a person that he is what he professes to be.

(Click here for the full definition.) All three verses are clearly describing the sacrament of baptism, according to the Haydock Bible Commentary.

There, the word for mark is tav (that’s the transliterated spelling; a phonetic spelling would be tāw or thau).

That’s also the Hebrew word for the last letter of its alphabet (according to these language sites here and here).

Over the centuries, this interpretation of Ezekiel 9:4 has been taken seriously by saints and scholars alike.

In 1215, Pope Innocent III opened the Fourth Lateran Council with a rousing sermon on Ezekiel 9. Francis, who attended the council, was reportedly so inspired that he embraced the tau (the Greek letter that is the counterpart to the Hebrew letter tav) as the emblem of his order, according to historian Warren Carroll. Jerome’s cross-centered view of Ezekiel 9:4 has continued to be taken seriously since then.Only the most reactionary of anti-Catholic prejudices would see in this gesture something to be argued against.But it just so happens that there is compelling biblical evidence that supports this practice.Then I saw another angel come up from the East, holding the seal of the living God.He cried out in a loud voice to the four angels who were given power to damage the land and the sea, “Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the Israelites (Revelation 7:2-4, New American Bible, Rev.The sacramental imagery is unmistakable: it is through baptism that our membership in the Church is “sealed.” And it is in baptism that we receive the “first installment,” if you will, of graces to come through life in the Church—particularly through frequent prayer and reception of the other sacraments.