“Mark of the Beast”
Revelation 13, “16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17And 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. 18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
Looking Beyond the pope.
“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a BEAST rise up out of the SEA, having SEVEN HEADS and TEN HORNS, and upon his horns TEN CROWNS and upon his heads the names of blasphemy” Revelation 13:1
The issue of not buying and selling with the mark of the beast doesn’t end with the Pope and his alliance with the Roman Empire. Men in trying to find the beast have set up more confusion e.g., Sir Isaac Newton says the Greek church is the Beast, Galloway says it is the French republic, Fysh said it’s the Jesuits, Muterius thinks it refers it to be the Roman theologians, Stuart says it is the heathen Priesthood, whereas Hengstenberg says is earthy, carnal wisdom, including the heathen philosophers, false doctrines.
For me, Hengstenberg is nearer the truth than them all. Otherwise, what else can best describe the beast whose identity is completely that of Satan.
Now observe this, the beast is described as having, SEVEN HEADS, TEN HORNS and SEVEN CROWNS upon his heads. Revelation 12:3.
It simply means, this beast receives the completeness of his power from Satan “and the dragon gave him his power.” Revelation 13:2.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE “SEVEN HEADS” “TEN HORNS” and “TEN CROWNS”
We know that “HEAD “and “HORNs” speaks of AUTHORITY and DESTRUCTIVE POWER, CROWNS as badges of royal dominion.
So, SEVEN and TEN being Biblical symbols of completeness, means there is the complete destructive power of Satan that he exerts over the nations and tongues through men.
For we know also that satan who is spirit (John 12:31,) that works through people (Ephesians 2:2) does not have literal heads and horns.
In Revelation 17:3 we find “…a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns And here is the mind which hath wisdom. THE SEVEN HEADS ARE SEVEN MOUNTAINS on which the woman sitteth and the TEN HORNS which thou sawest are TEN KINGS” Revelation 17:3,8-12. Period!
And the entire context of Revelation 17 is rooted in Daniel 7; and there we have four successive political kingdoms.
So, to say here that the “seven heads” means “seven kings” Revelation 17:9-10, that will mean “seven kingdoms”.
And of course, we know that at the time of John’s writing, Rome was then the embodiment of a persecuting world Government with seven hills, and for the woman (a church) to sit upon the beast with “seven heads” which are “seven mountains” will mean the Papal authority (the church) over Rome. But what we see in Revelation 13:1 goes beyond merely looking at Rome and the Papal authority. For this beast has power over all nations, tribes and tongues (Revelation 13:7-8 compare 16:13-14, 17:1-3, 15).
And we see that the first of these beasts of Revelation 1, combines in itself the joint characteristics of the four beasts of Daniel’s vision, meaning this first beast stands for the combined forces of all political rule opposed to God in the world. And since this beast is a composite beast, it is therefore the summation and embodiment of the whole world power or political dominion from the beginning as it reveals itself in the final outcome, hence his influence over all nations.
And so, the seven heads equal as, five world political powers of; Egypt, Assyrian, Babylon, Medo-persia, and Greece, plus the Rome, the sixth Rome that was in power in the days of John.
This is the meaning of “there are seven kings, five are fallen (starting with Egypt down to Greece) and one is (which was Rome then) and the other is not yet” Revelation 16:10, which was the Vatican city of Papal authority of ecclesiastical power.
Then it has not yet appeared when John recorded the revelation. And when it finally came up, she gave birth to many daughters – “mothers of Harlots.” Revelation 17:5.
Now, the ‘eight king’ which is the “SCARLET – COLOURED BEAST” is a product or a power that emerges out of the previous seven – a composite of all persecuting governments, Revelation 17:3,11.
And for the woman to be riding upon the scarlet coloured beast, means the union of the “state” – (political power) and the “false church” system.
The scarlet coloured nature of the beast speaks of the sinful – Adam – nature of the power behind the false Church, as found in Isaiah 1:18.
Therefore “the Beast” is not just one particular person nor the government of Rome, neither is the woman just the Roman catholic church alone, but rather all governments and systems of religious power that Satan-in-man have used, is using and will use to persecute God’s people.
THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST,
Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto THE IMAGE OF THE BEAST, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Now we see that the beast that gives life unto the image of the beast “is the Lamb beast” from the earth (verse 11).
And this we know to be the false ministry whose means of securing power for the first beast is through the spirit of religious deception – false prophets “…unclean spirits …out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet;” (Revelation 16:13,19:20)
So, just as Satan is “the deceiver of the world” (Revelation 12:9) so also “the false prophet” – which is a body of people, is the – “deceiver of the inhabitants of the earth.” – the unspiritually minded people (Revelation 13:13-15).
On the historical level, in the days of John’s writing there was Emperor Worship and Roman coins generally bore the image and name of the current Emperor. Refusal to use such coins severely hinders one’s ability to buy or sell (Revelation 13:17) in Asia Minor and these Emperors were often pictured as gods on Coins.
Therefore, the Zealots, who rebelled against Rome in AD 66 -70 refused to carry, look at, or even produce coins carrying any sort of image, and this belief and practice was strictly based on the interpretation of Exodus 20:4.
They considered the images and inscriptions of Roman coins as idolatrous, which practice, if accepted, will attract a divine judgment. This again was, if you were not taking the mark, it will prevent you from buying or selling.
So far as of today, do we have a single individual or power with a single currency with which we trade all over the world? Can that be possible? ECOWAS nations have been struggling to have the ECO Currency till date, it hasn’t worked.
Where we cannot find that it means we truly can’t be afraid of any mark that would prevent you from buying or selling. But don’t forget this, all such Associations as ‘Traders Association’, ‘gari sellers association’, ‘motor park unions’ etc. that fixed prices for others to buy or pay, are inadvertently enforcing the mark of the beast. The buyers have no freedom of choice to buy or pay. So, the mark has been with us all along.
Now, after we have been told of the beast receiving power from the ‘dragon’ – the devil (Revelation 13:2, 12:9.) Verse 3 now says;
“I saw that one of his heads seemed wounded beyond recovery – but the fatal wound has healed! All the world marvelled at this miracle and followed the creature in awe” TLB.
People have believed this to be a recovery of the Roman Empire after a temporary setback because of the schisms among its emperors.
But what really wounded this head? In verse 14 we are told, is the “SWORD”.
And of course, we do know that the SWORD is the WORD of God. (Revelation 2:16, Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12).
So, you see, there is a serious war going on between darkness and light, the true Gospel of Christ and the false gospel of satan with its wrong doctrines in the earth today.
Historically speaking, when was this confederated political and ecclesiastical power of Rome wounded?
it was when Martin Lurther (1483-1546) came up with the revelation truth of “the just shall live by faith”, producing an era of spiritual enlightenment and reformation, when in October 13th, 1517, he nailed his 95 theses on the Church Door at wittenburg, as a challenge to debate the abuse of indulgences-Pope Leo x could not stop him. Record has it that Lurther in his second day on the Diet of worms. 18th April 1521 made the greatest speech that shook the world. The ending of which in his reply speech reads;
“Unless I am convinced by the testimonies of the scriptures or by clear argument that I am in error – for popes and, councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot withdraw, for I am subject to the scriptures. I have quoted, my conscience is captive to the word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous. Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise so help me God.”
And with that revelation from God through Luther declared before the universe, came forth a powerful spiritual liberation in all realms in the lives of people all over the world e.g., the advancement of natural sciences; Germany now came into limelight of civilization. Count Zinzendorf who lived between 1700 and 1760 followed suit with his powerful spiritual revolution of the world, with the Moravian missionary Church establishing 100 years of continuous prayer meeting.
But what followed at the heel of this move of God?
The Godless Hegel’s and Kante – the seed of the serpent, came up with their human philosophy (see Colossians 2:8). Once again, the beast’s head (the ecclesiastical power of Rome) that was wounded was healed. Germany became 90% atheists and agnostics, then came in the blood thirsty anti-christ Hitler with a move-to stamp out the Jews and all forms of godliness.
Russia then took off with communism, Karl Max, a friend to Hegel, was a German Jew who backslidden from faith.
So, what kills the beast and its mark (authority) is the revelation of spiritual truth in an age, a continent, a city or a local assembly from where it spreads out. Only for the false ministries of the devil to come and stand against it through their false doctrines, then the power of the Beast is revived again.
So, we have this vicious cycle of wounding and healing of the Beast which is the life of Satan in man until the final end. For God in his people shall prevail, Acts 19:20, Psalms 60:12. Amen!
666; THE BEAST AS MAN WITHOUT CHRIST.
The number 6 is the number of the word-man; for man was created on the 6th Day of the creation week, 4 is the number of the universe, 7 is perfection or completeness which is the number of God, “8”is the number of Jesus (888) which speaks of new beginning, and “9” is the number of the Holy Spirit.
The number ‘6’ in 6-6-6, occurs in units, tens, and hundreds. It is next neighbour to the sacred “7”. Meaning “6” falls short of perfection.
Just as the numerical number of Jesus in the Greek language is”888” telling us of that which exceeds perfection and starting all over, man which is “666”is continually falling short of perfection. Meaning that all that is in man apart from God and Christ will fail. Therefore, there is nothing that man will ever set forth to achieve that he will succeed in.
I mentioned that man is given over to judgment; hence there is a pause between the sixth and seventh seals in the Book of Revelation, and the sixth and seventh trumpets. The judgments on the world are complete in six; by the fulfillment of seven, the kingdoms of the world become Christ’s. Revelation 11:15. “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
The tower of Babel fell, so shall every system of man will ever fail. Anything done that it’s not for the advancement of the Kingdom of God on the earth it will come to nothing.
The Number 666.
Now, let us see how this 666 is manifested by man
Mark 3, “28Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: 29But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation: 30Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.”
All because he healed a demonized man, by casting out a devil.
So why is the number in triple 666? Because this is the number of times man has rebelled, sinned against the revelation of the three personalities of the Godhead in His work of Redemption. When God revealed himself as Yahweh (Father) man says, He is a “God of the Jews” then He came to man again as ‘Jesus'(Son of God) man says He is “Jesus of Nazareth”, and He is here as the “Holy Spirit” man is now saying, ‘there is nothing like the power of the Holy Spirit’. Now without the Holy Spirit you can’t get back to God.
So, we have the sin against the father (6), against the son (6) and against the Holy Spirit, “6-6-6”. That speaks of the number of times the natural man has sinned against the Godhead (Matthew 12:31-32), That is, rejected God in extending His hand of love to Redeem the falling man. Knowing it that “…a man (natural man) hath no preeminence above a beast; for ALL is VANITY” Ecclesiastics 3:19.
So how do you take the mark upon your RIGHT hand?
Hand speaks of Power in the Bible; hence Jesus is sitting at the RIGHT hand of God (place of power and Authority). Therefore, every false ministry performing false miracles is already having the mark of the Beast. For “they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”. And so, whoever is also under such ministries in obedience, have also taken the mark.
To take it upon your FOREHEAD is to operate in earthly wisdom, as the forehead speaks of wisdom.
James 3:14-15 “14But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”
This is why you see the crown of thorns on the head of Christ, so that by his stripes you get your healing, and by the thorns you have your mind healed, so that Christ now becomes your wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:30) in all you do.
Now, you read of the Redeemed of the Lord; the 144,000 on Mount Zion. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb i.e., they are not corrupted, by the church system of men. But having the name of the father written on their FOREHEAD (Revelation 14:1,4; James 1:18).
Therefore, in Revelation 13, you find the beast systems and the Beastly natural man, and you just move over to Revelation 14, you find the overcomers of the Beastly system, the Redeemed of the lord with Godly wisdom and the Character of God, for a name means a nature and character. Now, they have taken on the nature and character of God in Christ. For Mount Zion is the Church (Heb.12:22).
Summarily, anything done outside of Christ is the mark of the Beast. The beast is not far to be found, it’s between your two eyes.
Now you talk about G5, it’s not too big an issue, we have used G1,2,3,4, if G5 is a mark of the Beast, then we all already had it in a lower level. The 5G is meant to increase the speed from G4 to G5. But according to Marvin C, Ziskin, Professor Emeritus of Radiology and Medical Physics, there is no basis to expect that 5G would cause adverse health issues provided exposure limits are respected. Some groups of scientist have come together to fight that it must not be launched until a solution is found against its effect.
Vaccines with chips in it? Again, we must get out of fear. None of these things can work except with the collaboration of the church and some political powers. And none of that is a mark of the Beast either.
So, calm your nerves.