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In John’s vision of the Battle of Armageddon, he sees Jesus riding from heaven on a white horse, waging war against the beast’s evil forces. Revelation 19:16 includes this description of Jesus: “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” a vesture is a robe, Some people have read this verse and concluded that Jesus has a tattoo on His thigh—and, therefore, tattoos are good and proper for all followers of Christ today.
However, Jesus was, and is, a Jew. The Jewish Law warns, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”Leviticus 19:28.
As it relates to tattoos, this probation is specific to, no tattoos for the dead!! This would include skulls etc. The admonition of “any marks upon you” is often viewed asany marks at all, which is how this verse is used to justify NO tattoos of any kind. It’s important to note, the original Hebrew does not add a coma after any of the words, but reads as a complete single thought, which would give the interpretation of “no tattoos for the dead”.
So then, what does it mean that on Jesus’ robe and on His thigh He has “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” written?
The book of Revelation is filled with symbolism, and the description in Revelation 19:16 is symbolic. In the same passage, Jesus’ eyes are said to be “like blazing fire” (verse 12), His robe is soaked in blood (verse 13), and there’s a sword coming out of His mouth (verse 15). Obviously, the sword coming out of His mouth would not be a literal blade, rather it refers to Gods spoken word, which is also referred to as a sword.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The mention of the name being written on His robe and His thigh means these words were written on the part of His robe that covered His thigh.
In ancient times, a king or noble would often have his title or honorific woven into his garments and engraved upon his blade, it’s hilt, or its scabbard. Given that the scabbard would hang from a band at the waist, the words on the scabbard would fall at roughly thigh level.
Another possibility is that Christ is pictured as wearing a banner, or a sash, which extends from shoulder to thigh, and it is on this banner that “ King of Kings and Lord of Lords” is written.
In any case, it does not seem that Jesus has an actual tattoo. Candidly, the best way to confirm the truth of the matter is to be with Jesus when He returns to wage war upon those who have taken the mark of the beast. You can see for yourself.