Mark of the Beast
By Your servant, Dan Baxley
Updated: 2020 -- Original posting www.yahshuaservant.com 1998-2019
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Revelation 13:16-17 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in 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. (A Mark? A Mark on either the right hand -- or -- the forehead -- and -- without this Mark a person cannot buy or sell. Cannot buy or sell? This has something to do with Money, or something to do with commerce or, even, with the holding a job. No Mark, no job, no work, no work, no money, no buying or selling -- definitely. And who is the "he" in this? It is the False Prophet who is identified in other verse. What we know about this False Prophet is that he is called a Second Beast, and looks like a Lamb but a Lamb with Two Horns -- horns symbolize leadership, a king, or ruler -- small horn, small kingdom. This Lamb has two horns and for this reason he cannot be the Small Horn the Prophet Daniel mentions. Daniels small horn has a mouth and eyes but is only one horn (Daniel 7:20-21), nothing like this Beast Lamb in Revelation 13, also, this Lamb Beast has a mouth speaking the Dragon -- he is the mouth piece for the Devil, the one called Satan. We cannot separate thei Beast Lamb from some kind of Worship of the First Beast. This False Prophet, seen as the Lamb with Two horns, is not the same as the Littel Horn in Daniel 7. Many prophecy teachers point to the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church as the Beast Lamb and the Little Horn in Daniel but this cannot be the same. It is very possible and most likely that the Little Horn with eyes and a mouth, mentioned in Daniel's time may very well have been a prophecy about the Pope of Rome. The context found in Daniel 7, about the Ten Horns, and the Little Horn, and the Ancient of Days taking the seat of judgment and the Little Horn Beast is taken and burned all seems to suggest the end days, meaning the Return of our Lord, the Rock -- But -- the symbolic description in both Revelation and Daniel about this Little Horn and the Lamb Beast are different, not similar, but totally different, and this should be considered. Perhaps we can look at this in more detail later, maybe it deserves another stand alone study? We'll see, but for now you have a heads up as we move into what the Mark is or is not and about the Worship or die ruling that is to come about by the authority of the Lamb Beast with Two Horns and a mouth speaking like, or for, Satan)Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (The Number of a Man -- the Mark is representative of his Name -- the First Beast mention in this chapter of Revelation, the Second Beast is the Lamb with Two Horns, the False Prophet. Focus on this Mark tends to take away from many of these other things, things we need to consider, it is more than just about a Mark. The Image, for example, wha is it. We will get to that later. This Number is tied to a name, apparently a man's name. At the end of these commentary I will post the counting of the number of a name, a man's name, put in a different light than posted by most who have a different view as to what this name or number is. But we need to connect the individuals involved. Yes, the number is important, but it may not be what is commonly taught, we will see.)Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (This seems like a visible mark of some kind -- some say the hand is a symbol for work, like breaking the Sabbath and the forehead is symbolic for man's intellect, but the wordhip of HIS IMAGE is mentioned first, so what symbolic meaning would that have? Some Jews actually wrap their right hand and arm with a leather strap and put a small box tied to their foreheads on specail Feast days or prayer services -- )Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascended up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. (Twenty four Seven, sound familiar -- twenty four hours, around the clock, the work never stops, cities never shut down, businesses never close their doors, always at work -- look at any night time satellite view of the Earth and you see cities lights, 24/7 -- no rest, day or night)Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (His Image, His Mark, and the Number of His Name -- Three things the Saints have to overcome. The followers of the Beast only need to accept one of these variation, or representation of the Mark, while the followers of YaHshua must refrain from accepting, not just one, but all three)(Rev 16:1) And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. (The Wrath of God the Father. We have seen the Wrath of the Lamb, the Son, in Revelation 6:12-17, with the removal of the 6th Seal, and this leading into the opening of the 7th Seal. The Wrath of the Lamb is the beginning of the end and the return of our Lord and Savior, YaHshua)Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. (When this vial are specifically authorized by our Heavenly Father. The pouring out of these vials, seven in all, are the Wrath of our Father, His wrath, His anger, being poured out)Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. (The Beast, and the False Prophet -- by the context we can know that the Beast is an actual man, "...and with him..." , as is the False Prophet, the Deceiver working his magic on those who worshipped the image of that man --, that man called the Beast -- Rev 13:11-15 -- And the False Prophet is also identified as a Beastl, one that appears as a Lamb but has the mouth of a Dragon -- that old saying, appearances can be deceiving -- and we have a warning from nearly 2,000 years ago -- 2 Cor 11:13-15, "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light)(Rev 13:11-15) And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 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. (This Beast, comes up out of the Earth, the First Beast, however, comes up out of the Sea. Different Beasts (Governments, Powers or Kingdom) but with the same purpose -- to Lead all of mankind away from our Savior. Reading the first verses in Revelation chapter 13 you see details about the First Beast, and it is this Beast that the Two Horned Beast, with the appearance of a Lamb but speaking as a dragon, or as Satan. Satan is clearly identified as the Dragon -- Rev 20:2 . In fact we can see a personal seperation between the Dragon, or Satan, the False Prophet and the First Beast in Rev 16:13, where we are told that unclean spirits come out from each othem -- there will be more on this in a later study.But what about the Two Horns? And what about the IMAGE? First, the Two Horns is a mystery to me and everyone else. Nearly every prophecy teacher I know of classifies the symbolism of horns to mean a particular leader or king. The use of horns as a symbol for GENTILE kings is found throughout the Book of Daniel. Two Horns would then mean Two leaders or rulers or men in power on the same Beast that looks like a Lamb. Lambs do not usually have horns and this would then lend to the idea that this Lamb is governed by two powers, yet, in all of the other references about the Lamb that speaks with the mouth of a Dragon mentions only a single person or power called the False Prophet. The Two horns? Some teach that this Lamb Beast is the Roman Catholic Church and if that is the case, as this Chruch does seem to be a good fit and the false Prophet? The Pope? If that is the answer then where is the other Horn? And, if that is the answer, then the Pope of the Roman Church must join with another power source that also appears as a Lamb Beast -- Two Powers sharing the same Beast and appearnce.The Image? What about the Image of the Beast? If we relate this to what is in the Scriptures we find that man is made in the IMAGE of YaHWeH, even our Savior said to His disciples that if you see Him then you have seen the Father -- Sons like Fathers, even in the flesh, the sons are the image of their fathers. Taking this to the Image of the Beast, I am guessing -- a specualtion only -- that this Image would be the Image of Satan himself. Not the image hollywood paints or found on cute cards by HallMark, but an Image that would appear as something beautiful in the eyes of mankind. The opposite of our Savior -- don't get me wrong, but by heavenly standards our Lord came in the lowest of images, that of a common man, and we are told that He was not someone to look on with desire. In other words, he did not have movie star features, but this Satan Imagine will, and then some -- that is, if my speculation is correct.)Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of YaHshua, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Three things must be overcome or avoided -- worship of the Beast man, bowing to his image, or receiving the Beast man's name, his number, on their foreheads or their hands. Notice, it does not specify any particular hand, left of right. Anyone accepting or doing anyone one of these three things is defeated by the Beast man and the False Prophet. We know this has something to do with religion, or a religion because the one is called a False Prophet -- and he can preform miracles and causes everyone, small and great to worship the Beast man)(Rev 13:15) And he (False Prophet) 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. (What is the IMAGE? As discussed previously, this Image by the the Image of Satan, perhaps in the Image of a man, a beautiful and very much desired man, a man with extreme charisma -- just the opposite of our Savior, YaHshua, when He came in the Flesh - Isa 53:2 '"...he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him." What ever the Image, it is the False Prophet with his Two Horns that will cause those refusing to worship this Satan Image of the Beast to be killed.The False Prophet has a certain meaning. According to Strong's and Thayers: a spurious prophet that is pretended foreteller or religious impostor: - false prophet 1. one who, acting the part of a divinely inspired prophet, utters falsehoods under the name of divine prophecies
More comments and Obersations:
In the book of Revelation 13 we read about a mark that is forced upon a willing and unwilling public – this may seem to be a contradiction, but we see no rebellion by the general public, it is seemingly acceptable though there is some measure of force involved in implementing this infamous mark – there will be a minority of people refusing to go along. I say, willing pubic, because there does seem to be a point of “choice” in accepting this “mark” or in rejecting it. A particular power causes this to happen, and of there seems to be a choice as to the placement of the Mark -- the head or the hand. The context suggests a social acceptance that is worldwide, while the mark seems to be the focuse we need to remember that it is not just a mark but anyone who accepts his name or the number of his name It would seem no one is excluded. In these modern times this seems almost inpossible. It would have to begin as something good for all of mankind, something very beneficial for the majority. Something must happen that makes all of this possible. Keep that in mind as we move through this revelation. If someone can cause everyone in the world to accept a mark or to accept the name or the number of a man's name then something must happen to bring about such a change.
Revelation 13:16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
We are not told exactly what this mark is -- it is a NAME -- the Mark has everything to do with a Name, and this to worship of an Image, and Image of the Beast. Many have speculated that it is like some kind “bar code”, similar to what we see on products for sale (UPC -- Universal Product Code) and while this would make it possible for those in control to scan an individual it really isn’t much above people just carrying some form of ID card. But, the implanting of a chip, a small sliver of gold, similar to what is found on your Credit Card, seems much more practical. But who would put up with having a UPC code tattooed on your forehead or hand? This would send up all kinds of warnings and objectaions, wouldn't it? and I would like to think the general public would rebel, not just a few. There is, however, a development of recent years that would be a better fit -- something nearly everyone would, or should, want. Forget the “bar codes”, how about a thin sliver of gold placed within the body, something so small it could be injected under the skin with no more bother than getting a flu shot?
This thin sliver of gold, not unlike that seen on chipped credit cards containing your life history, work history, educational level, everything and capable of being scanned when clocking in for work or buying groceries. This is an actual thing, right now, this technology is available. This gold chip of information could be easily updated as you move through your life. It was not that long ago a magnetic strip on a plastic card was developed and everyone has one (Update: When I first wrote up this study the Chipped Credit Cards had not come into their own yet, but today, 2020, they are the rule, every Credit Card has this thin gold chip). That technology has not stopped, many of these credit cards are showing up with a gold leaf imbedded and it contains even more information and each embedded gold chip has a number, a number that is only for you. With this advanced technology it would be nothing to include a tracking system – your own built in GPS tracker – this ability is showing up everywhere, your cell phone, for example, and your laptop.
A similar tracking device (personal GPS) has already been implanted in thousands of animals and many ranchers are beginning to use this technology to keep track of their livestock – branding is just a needle prick injecting a small GPS capsule. Even some pet owners have had their pets injected with a this tracking device, not much bigger than a pencil lead, not much over a quarter inch in length (Update 2020: Technology is moving fast. This animal chip/gps has become a routine procedure for keeping track and licensing our pets -- humans next?). A more advanced system would be used on humans, of course, but there is some already experimenting on themselves with this type of Personal ID (PID). Remember, a small sliver of gold can be imprinted with your complete medical record -- a good reason to get one of these -- and with the refinements in GPS technology it would not be out of the imagination to see a paper thin slice of gold thinner than a postage stamp with all of your personal information, credit cards, and medical cards, etc -- plus a GPS tracking code. What if this were to be place (inserted) on a child at birth? See the advantages? If it were place within the body in such a way as it could not be removed, like a place in the head or arm, or hand. Missing child? Imediate search and find. Get the picture? Who would be against such a thing, such a harmless thing?
Imagine, a missing child found in a matter of minutes. A kidnap victim located soon after going missing. Hijackers trying to get on a plane only to be denied access for lack of a Personal ID – being identified by a tracking device would virtually eliminate the imposters -- no card or fake ID, your PID would be embedded within your body. There are literally dozens of wonderful ways such a system could be used to help stop pedophiles, to hunt serial killers, to locate missing persons, and getting positive ID on suspicious people, not to mention getting a handle on illegal aliens, like terrorist traveling with impunity. We can see the benefit for such a tracking system, but is that the Mark? No, but it makes a nice diversion for the real Mark.
The World Needs This
This is a ID technology the world needs – I’m not kidding – I know what the Bible says about a “mark”, especially one backed by the Beast Government to come, but can’t you see the benefits in a world gone mad? Just think about how this could effect criminal actions? Information on a gold chip, not only all of your history but you DNA as well, and the ability for tracking -- of course this last feature would be turned off, you know, for you personal privacy, right? We already know that everyone carrying a cell phone can be tracked, but they don't really use that built in capability, do they? None of us should be so naive, if it is there it will be used, the only problem is to get, or put the public into such a situtation that turning this feature on would be a benefit to all, or most, or those seeing the benefit to all mankind -- but we are only talking about Cell phones, what about Alexa, and Google, and even your Smart, internet connected TV? We are already allowing privacy to be thrown out and public observation and supervision is already taking place and we, the masses are allowing it for our own personal benefit. This is not the Mark of the Beast, however, and there is not False Prophet demanding the death of those not willing to Worship the Image of the First Beast -- nothing like that is happening right now, but something is going to happen that just might cause these very things to fall into place. Our NOW Technology is merely softening mankind up for the future.
The benefit to the chip tecnology and placing this technology in the body of every man woman and child (at birth?) would be of huge benefit to all. Think about it human predators of every stripe, tracked and stopped? Lost children or abducted children recovered almost immediately. Can’t you see the total benefits for the population of this world in check-mating the abusers of humanity? Who is to say this would be the Beast Mark? It has to be something beneficial and appearing to be a benefit for the greater good of all people, like the cell phone is accepted and used daily. But, when does this or will this become the Mark of the Beast?
We see news reports nearly every week about someone missing, the most heinous is that of missing children taken by human demons know as pedophiles. And how many times must we hear of the missing wife or girlfriend? This world needs a system of this type, able to track loved ones and criminals alike.
Yes, this and other government benefits, like Social Security, may be a precursor to the “mark” mentioned in the Bible -- in order to receive certain government benefits you must have a number. On closer examination you will see that the “mark” of the Beast has to do with names and or a number of a name and also worship -- again, worship the Beast Image, becomes a law or face death. The Number is used in commerce, in buying and selling, and for being able to hold a job for money so you can buy and sell. Two separate but complimentary elements. This would mean the system of the Beast Mark would be something closely tied to a particular individual’s personal identity -- that person's Name, the one called the FIRST Beast -- the Second Beast, the Two Horned Lamb Beast is the Second Beast that causes everyone to worship the Image of the Frist Beast -- if you have been reading along with you own bible in hand you will see this. At present we cannot, I should say, no one can know it all but as it becomes a reality those who have kept close to His Word will see how this all fits -- the world, as a whole, will not.
Revelation 13:17 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.
An obvious element, his Name, is introduced in this verse, the name and the number -- the number of his name. You will come to see something many, most, if not all prophets and prophecy teachers miss or ignore -- focus is on the Number or the counting up of a number like 666, leaving behind the importance of it being a NAME. There seems to be three elements, total, having equal authority. It does not say that you must have all three but only one of the three – the mark – the name – the number of his name. Number of his name? It says to count the number of his name, and that is where the 666 comes from. There are other views, however, though in the Christian community, concerning bible prophecy, this is the number that has been counted out to turn Romulus, the founder of Rome into this very number, and Nero, the great persecutor of the First Century Christians, and other names as well, but please note, those 666 tags are on individuals that existed before YaHshua came to the Cross and the First Church began. This does, however, demonstrate a connection down through History with world powers. The Egyptian goddess ISIS, it is said, her number is 666. As we continue some of this may seem confusing but if you see that all of these various views about this number and names, you will see how they are all connected, even those opposing views connect to one another, pointing in the same direction. Out of this confusion comes understanding.
Revelation 13:18) Here 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.
How is that possible? The mark, and what is the mark? That we are not told. Notice anyone who has the Mark or the name or the number of his name -- everyone focuses on the number, 666, sliding right over the fact that you do not have to have all three, you can but you do not have to have all three -- all you need to be in the Beast system is to take on one of these three things. In the final round the False Prophet will cause the death of those who refuse to worship the Image of the Beast. Again, like the Mark we are not told what the Image is, only that the False Prophet is able to bring it to life. We are not truly sure what the Mark is, but it appears to be in association with the Name as it relates to a numerical value. It does not say that the Number is the Mark or the Image. If the Mark is not accepted, maybe an embedded chip, or not, but maybe that leaves some kind of mark on the skin for identity purposes? At this point we are all guessing but th guessing will be over when this all becomes reality. What is the Image? It could be anything, like a big screen TV, something the Apostle John might call an image, and image that comes to life and even talks to the viewers -- another, perhaps, or maybe. One thing is certain, we know that the term Beast is used in reference to a kingdom or government, but each government or kingdom has a head, or king, or president. Within the context of Revelation 13 we can see that it is not just a Kingdom power but a man in charge of the Beast -- hence the name, he has a name and it would seem that this Beast Kingdom or Government will be centered around this Name.
We have the possibility that the Beast man, will be adored to the point of his followers taking on his identity and by this, his “name”. And the Number of His Name. And without this number you will not be able to buy or sell. The death penalty, however, is placed on those who refuse to worship his image -- that is the image of the Beast.
(Rev 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.
Look, it should be plain that the original “mark” does not have to be this number – the mark is mentioned first, apart from the Beast name and apart form the number of the Beast’s name. This number is but one of the three things setting those that follow the Beast for economic reasons, to hold a job, to make money, to be able to buy and sell. The Worship of his Image is another matter -- all related to the same Beast and the Two Horned Beast that looks like a Lamb but talks like a devil, and it is that two horned Beast that demands, under penalty of death, that the Image of the First Beast, the one that represents Satan himself, be worshiped.
(Rev 13:4) And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
(Rev 13:6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
(Rev 13:11-12) And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
A definition from Webster’s concise Dictionary; a visible impression on a surface, as a scratch, a symbol used in writing or printing; a punctuation mark, a token or indication; sign, a lasting effect; imprint.
I would seem from the definition of a “mark” it would not be something hidden, such as a tiny digital ID injected into your head or hand, but something quite visible. Okay, back to the “bar codes” a visible sign, an imprint – I’m personally not convinced about this tattoo business, but then again? One thing is certain it will be something that everyone wants in order to do business or hold a job – it will be a must have, and the Beast, whomever that might be, will be responsible for implementing the “marking system”. Maybe you won’t have to become a spiritual child of the Beast but you will have to have this mark or you will be pushed to the outside – excluded from social society, jobless, maybe even homeless.
I know, I know, there are those who see all three, mark, name, and number as the same, as the mark focusing on the number 666. This number takes the focus away from the other two “marks”, or signs. My position is simple, they are three distinct things, the name and the number being tied together in a numerical value, a value mentions as the total of 666. This famous number has some competition, however, in the number 616 a number that had been favored before the number 666.
That’s right 616 may be the magical number and not 666. It seems a third century fragment from one of the oldest New Testament papyrus ever found reveals the number to be 616 not 666. I personally knew of this number some thirty years ago so I knew it had been floating around but not taken seriously until just recently as new technology used in clarifying the text of the papyrus which some argued was not visible enough to be for certain. With the ability to clarify this ancient piece of text you would think this would have put the discussion to rest, but not so, as the Greek lettering came out in favor of the number 616. If you want to follow this up check out www.wikipedia.com/666 . Why this is seemingly ignored? Simple, a lot of books, theories, reputations and egos have been set on the foundation of this number 666.
Still, the number 666 seems to be the number of choice and the best choice, for on thing this is the number that carries magical essence with the Babylonian religions long before the Book of Revelation was written. Also, this is the number tied to ISIS, the goddess of Egypt. ISIS symbol is that of a snake and her number is 666. While 616, as a choice, may not be anything more than an error when the older MS was copied, but it should ground us and wake us up in our studies not to just accept something being taught and to make us check things out ourselves and most of all, not to chase after every teaching that comes along, proving all things, whether they be true or not. Our foundation is in YaHshua and He will show us, His brothers and sisters in His faith, what we need to know when we need to know it. So, don't be surprised if it turns out the Mark of the Beast is something we still have not seen, then again, it may be 666, but in the scripture, don't forget, it says it is 1. a mark (sign), 2. a name, or 3. a number (Rev 13:17). We are told, also, it is the number of a man (Rev 13:18) -- a number of a man, not of a god, not of an angel, but of a man? Now, watch this -- the name Nero, the name of a man, the name of a Roman Emperor, totals 616 -- makes on stop and think, right?
Can a Name Be a Mark?
Hebrew for Name = SHEM, pronounced as shame: Strong's Dictionary: an appellation as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor authority character: - + base [in-] fame [-ous] name (-d) renown report.
Name of the Beast = Mark of the Beast
The Beast has a “name” and it must be an important “name” as some will be able to take this “name” as part of their being, their identity. This would not be unlike someone claiming to be a Christian, or a Mormon, or a follower of this or that “false messiah”. The implications of taking on this “name”, on being a follower of this Beast, may possibly be something similar to joining the SS of Nazi Germany back in the thirties and forties. So, religion aside, it may be that to take this “name” is more of a political nature than a spiritual. There is the possibility the name and the value of the name is already present in the world. If we stay with the number 666, as the value of a man’s name, a lot can be connected to the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope is Father to millions, even though the Scriptures tell is to call no man “father” (Mat 23:9), even the priests are called “father” in spite of YaHshua’s plain instruction not to do this. Then again, the Roman Catholics do not claim YaHshua as their Savior, but IeSuS (English Jesus). This is a simple, easy example of how millions upon millions can and do follow individuals in opposition to the very Bible they claim as the Word of God. It is actually more complicated than that, of course, for the religious leaders of the Roman Catholic Church do not really say the Holy Bible is the final WORD – to them the final word is based upon what the POPE says. Anyone tied into a cult of personalities is victim to this same kind of blindness and it is well attested to by those able to escape such spiritual bondage. So, what is in a name? Are you a follower or member of whom? You are a child of whom or who is your spiritual father, what is His name? Is it Luther, or Calvin, or Joseph Smith, Witnesses, Watchers, one of the Armstrongs, or maybe Wild Bill Hawkins -- pick a name, who is the one you follow?
The third method of going the wrong route is to take on the “number” of the Beast. We are told, in verse 18, that the number is a “number of a man” and this hints at the Beast being something other than a single person. A government could be and have been associated with animals or even adopting animal images as representative of their system. With the United States it is the Eagle and with Russia it is the Bear. The Beast has a number and that number is a “number of a man”, keep in mind, the man with this number is also called a Beast. Discover which Beast representing a government of man with the “name of a man” and has a sum total of 666 or 616 and you may have identified this coming power through whom Satan will work to destroy the true children of the Living God and ultimately all mankind.
I hope you see this “mark” is more than just a number and has three faces all three qualify as a human condition accepted as part of the end-time society infecting the whole world. Any that take or participate in just one of these three will face the Wrath of the Living God. Serious business indeed and I hope and pray we are able to avoid this trap. This trap will look like something we should all want, something the World needs, a true benefit, like the tracking chip, but I don’t think a tracking chip or gold ID card hidden under the skin is literally the “mark”, as, remember, a mark is something visible, not hidden. I pray we will be able to identify this “marking” system, and the Beast government, and the “name” of the man, the Beast, the False Prophet to cause the worship of the false all connected to the “number”. Names and numbers are only a part, the mark is another. There is a battle of names going on this day, not unlike in the days of Elijah (Eli-YaH) when he fought against the preachers of the Baals.
Remember the account? EliYaH (Elijah = my God is YH) and the contest against the false Baal gods supported by over 400 ministers of Asherah, and 50 ministers of Baal all against EliYaH who alone stood against these false preachers. Read the account of how EliYaH was called a “troubler of Isreal” (trouble maker) by the King Ahab and to settle things Ahab agreed to a contest at Mount Carmel. EliYaH against all the preachers and teachers of Baal (singularly - son of Bel, collectively the Lords), standing alone but as the eventual victor he became the source of death for the false ministers that show up for the battle of the gods. This was all about the ID of the one true God, “If it be Baal, or Asherah, or YHWH”. Read of the bloody conclusion as the losers paid with their lives that day in 1 Kings 18:16:40. This was a battle over “names” and the possessor of the name YHWH proved His ID as the God of all Creation on that day. In the end as our Heavenly Father’s plan unfolds it will once again be a battle of “names”. YaHshua, or Jesus, God or YHWH – make no mistake, there is a difference, there was in EliYah’s day and there is now.
Revelation 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (a visible mark of some kind?)
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. (Twenty four Seven and twenty four days, the work never stops, cities never shut down, business never close their doors, always at work)
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of YaHshua, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
It seems appropriate to end here. The verses quoted above say it all, “…and them that had gotten victory over the Beast and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name…” The time will not be pleasant for the saints but with “victory” they will gain a great reward, ruling with the Messiah the thousand years and will have obtained eternal life. You should want to Identify with the Name of the Creator and to avoid becoming identified by the name of the Beast, his mark, or his number and or the worship of his image.
I pray this writing will be of benefit to any that read it. Peace to you and yours from your servant in YaHshua, HalleluYaH.
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Update FROM 2004 notes: Some off the wall observations -- nothing written in concrete but some things to consider -- May, 2020
A New Look at the Mark, or Number:
1. The three symbols for the Mark of the Beast, the X, $, S. Each of these symbols has a numerical value in Greek lettering. The X = 600, the $ = 60 and the S = 6 with a total of 666.
2. The X, as a letter, is pronounced like "Z" in the Greek and in the French and some other languages as well. Pronounce X$S -- the $ is a symbol used to represent that actual symbol that appears like a capital E. Treat these symbols as letters and they are pronounced as ZES, or Zeus.
So, we should not discount the Christian view either. One could postulate that some Christian scribe put these numbers, or symbols together to support their own vision, but then we have this Arabic view and it is from this combined view with Greek/Christian/Arabic that we can see this is, perhaps, not as the work of men at all, but divine guidance, after all. From both views and interpretations, one focusing on a number and the other on a saying" or declaration connected to a particular name, the outcome is the same -- the number of a man, a name and the number of his name -- the Mark. Everyone is looking at it from a different angle and the result is the same, combined with the meaning it then becomes more elaborate and to the point.
Another View attempting to prove the prefection of the name JESUS giving authority for changing His Birth Name:
Calculating the Number of His Name>
The Greek Calculates To The Number 888 and thus, it is claimed, proves the prefection of this name. The Number 7 is the number for completeness, so the number 8 must be for prefect completeness -- so the thinking goes. Is that right?
Does the Name JESUS counted in Greek equal 888? Let's see:
Things to consider -- Before accepting this error:
This is a popular view into the name and how to make it more than perfect, and it all seems swell, but did you notice anything wrong with this calculation? First off, our Lord was not born a Greek, second, those who promote this adding up into a value of 888, also seen as three, or a trinity of infinity. The figure 8 in Egyptology is the figure meaning infinity -- Three figures of infinity, get it? Sounds really good, right? But notice that in the Greek spelling, each letter with a numerical value, that in this example, the S or Sigma is a value of 200 and while the S or sigma appears twice in the English spelling it only appears once in the Greek, but in the Greek two different letters are given the value of the S or sigma. Something does not add up here. Remember this too, we are told that the Beast Number has a value, but nowhere, that is nowhere, and I repeat, NOWHERE are we ever told that the Name of our Creator or our Savior is ever to be counted, or numbered. It is only the Beast and the number of his name that is counted. One more point -- the S or Sigma in the Greek and in Egyptian signs and lettering is the symbolic character for the Serpent, or Snake, and carries with it the sound of the Serpent, the SSsss sound. One final point in considering this Trinity of Infinity -- the figure is formed by a snake or serpent that coils around in the figure 8 pattern by taking hold of its own tail.
Count the letters in this name, JESUS, and how many letters do we count? Five letters, and we are told this name is the representation of the original Greek. In the first century Greek there were 6 letters, not 7 and not 8 but six. There should be, then, 6 letters representing the name JESUS, but this name has only 5 -- a letter is missing. The Greek that is presented does have 6 letters. However, to make this number of perfection work it can only have the 5 letters -- what's a letter or two, right? The value has to be adjusted to make this triple infinity number, 888. In the pagan world the 8 has a symbolic meaning, this would actually be three serpents biting their tail, making this infinity figure in the form of the figure 8 -- three infinities -- nice connection to the Trinity Doctrine, right? But let's not forget the letters used to make this count do not matchup -- look again at the number value shown above -- two different letters with the value of 200? Let's say the Greek is correct, notice the second letter? That, in the Greek is called eta and is an H character (in the above example they print this eta or H as a small h or n (?), but in the name JESUS there is no H or eta shown -- there should be, but there is not, it is dropped. In the old Phoenician language, from which much of the old Greek is influenced, this letter is called a heth, a box H symbol. Somewhere along the line of translations and transliterations this Phoenician H pronounced as you would the H in heth and transmitted to Greek it progressed to the eta -- the H being then pronounced more as E, but even this eta, in the Greek is, or should be the H, the Heth from which they, the ancient Greeks inherited this letter. This changes values and pronunciations. The letter H is missing, replaced by the E in the name used today -- remember, the Greek eta was supposed to be a transliteration of the H or the heth, but somewhere along the line the pronunciation changed. Agree or disagree, the counting to the number 888 is not as clear cut as some seem to think or teach -- not as perfect as they want, I would say.
How can the name JESUS count up to 888 with a missing letter? Next, we see the e letter is missing in the count, and that may be proper as the e can be seen as an added vowel -- so, should vowels be counted or not?. Now if we count the letters, by dropping the letter e we only have 5 letters in the name, that comes out to, JSuS = ISuS. I printed the U letter small on purpose, because it too may be a vowel and an added letter. In the above illustration the u letter, called the upsiion letter, we see in in the Greek lettering charts that the upsiion is actually a Y -- that is not a U, but if the U or Y, no matter which, are used as vowels then that letter can be dropped from the name as well -- not forgetting, vowels are always added letters, added by the scribes and used as a rule in all modern languages. Knowing that the J letter in the name is from the Greek I or the iota letter, we now have reduced the Name in question down to ISS. Three letters with a counting value of 410, not the 888. The real connection is from the way you say ISS, the same as the name used for an Egyptian goddess whose number is 666 and carried the Egyptian Cross of Infinity. Like going in circles, right? ISIS goddess number is 666 and her sign is the Cross of Infinity -- that is a cross symbol with a loop at the top. The modern sign for Infinity is the figure 8 and reproduced as an image of a snake or serpent coiled into a figure 8 as it creates a double loop ending by biting on its tail.
Why the letter I -- called the iota? We know this is the Greek replacement for the Hebrew Y, a letter called the yod. There is a Y letter in the Greek, called the upsiion letter and its has a counted value of 400, add that and the two S letters, called the sigma, and you have 800. Lots of associations but no 666 number.
A Battle of Names
Many names have been counted out to match the number 666: It is said that 80-90% of all the names of people add up, or can be made to add up to the famous 666. If this is true then it would have to be a name and number that is associated with the Beast IMAGE, not just any name that seems to match. Also, if this is true, then even names before the Book of Revelation would find their way into the arena. Connections can be made, but too many. Romulus, Julius Caesar, and Nero who served the Roman Beast or was its head 54-68 AD, on and on with the number counting applied to names of major leaders, even some have counted espresident Obama some have figure into this number and other, like Prince Charles, and the Late Ronald (Wilson) Reagan-- see how the first, the middle and the last name of this famous President is 6 letters each? Back in the day the prophecy wheel grinders had fun with that -- on and on it goes. Revelation 13 is trying to tell us something, something more than just about a Number, but the Number is important, no doubt, but as of this writing (2019-20) it is still conjecture, guessing, and some very intelligent observations. The problem, however, is that this name maipulation can be used against just about anyone. As a stand alone number, it would seem to apply to every human ever born, like this number is stamped on mankind. But in many ways, it seems to me, other things are overlooked and a bigger picture is missed. The Name of the Beast will be something the First Beast possesses and the False Prophet, the Second Beast is going to get everyone to Worship that First Beast, and to do that there will have to be a Name association.
A Battle over Names
It will eventually be a battle over names, not days, not moons, not festivals or holy days or holidays but over names I believe, it is trying to reveal something we cannot truly see yet. Just as in the days of Elijah (EliYaH), when he stood up against the 800 plus servants of BAAL (LORD), representing, half representing gods for Ahab, king of Israel and half standing up representing for his wife Jezebel. Elijah (EliYaH) stood for one God and one God only -- His One God whose Name he would call on against the 800 names of gods the priests and servants of BAAL worshipers would call on. It was not the god BAAL against the God of Israel, YHWH because the gods of BAAL, for there were hunereds of god called on under the banner of BAAL WORSHIP. In the beginning history of man after the Great Flood, Baal worship had been a single god, a god recognized as the son of El. El had been the primary god, called the Father of all mankind -- Adam? This god El, however, fell out of favor because he had become a lazy drunk with a bad temper -- the people gravitated to the worship of his son, Baal.
(A Battle over Names and the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11)
But, as humanity changes in language and culture, usually along racial lines, the Baal Worship become a generic term for any worship of a fovored god or gods. For example, a person might ask another person which Baal he worshiped. In today's language that would be similar to asking which Lord is your Lord or which Lord do you worship. The term, Baal, not as a name, specifically, is defined as Lord. Thus, Baal Worship is LORD Worship. Are we seeing a connection? Of course this leads to the specualtiaon that this is what the Second Lamb Beast may be doing -- leading the world into LORD Worship.
The problem with that, of course, is that in the world of Christians and Christian Orders and communities they are already doing that. What, then, is linked to this LORD Worship? Well, principally, JESUS Worship. Even those other Christians call cults call on and worship in this very same name, JESUS, a name that never existed until around 400 years ago -- before that it was IESVS (Latin), and before that Ineous (Greek) -- but today it is JESUS, pronounced as Hey or The Zeus. A second name for JESUS has become the term CHRIST, or Christos, and it is this name that has been tied to the number of the Beast as well, by numerologist like Bullinger.
The number of the beast (Greek: Ἀριθμὸς τοῦ θηρίου, Arithmos tou Thēriou), also known as the devil's number in the Book of Revelation, of the New Testament, is associated with the Beast of Revelation in chapter 13, verse 18. In most manuscripts of the New Testament and in English translations of the Bible, the number of the beast is six hundred and sixty-six or χξϛ (in Greek numerals, χ represents 600, ξ represents 60 and ϛ represents 6).Papyrus 115 (which is the oldest preserved manuscript of the Revelation as of 2017), as well as other ancient sources like Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus, give the number of the beast as χιϛ or χιϲ (transliterable in Arabic numerals as 616) (χιϛ), not 666; critical editions of the Greek text, such as the Novum Testamentum Graece, note 616 as a variant.
There is so much out there, looking at every angle for this Number of the Beast Name. One of the more interesting, and nothing new really, is the discovery of the number 616. Just what we need, another number, right? However, many who have looked into this Number business have made a pretty good connection to the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope. His title, Vicar of Christ or Christos can be counted up in the numbering systems of Letters representing numerical values. The symbols used in Cathoic church worship as well. A real eye opening reveal is from author, the late David Hunt, and his book, Woman Rides the Beast. He certainly makes a case for this Woman being the Roman Church, or the Daughter of Babylon and along with other studies like the Two Babylons by Hislop, a much older study, making many comparisons between the ancient religious practices and symbolism and the symbolism and even priestly wear, making the point that the title, Daughter of Babyon does apply. Still, the Woman riding the Seven Headed Beast, not THE Beast -- it seems to me that the Woman who rides the Beast is not the Second Beast of Revelation 13, they are different. Certainly, the Roman Church of Babylon did get drunk on the blood of the saints -- that part of history cannot be denied. Remember, I am not saying I know the answers but we can watch and think about the comparisons and be aware of what is a possibility, to not be fooled, keeping an open mind so we are not fooled when the real deal rises up to complete fulfillment, not partial, but complete.
Chi - 600, Xi - 60 and Stiman - 6 >>> See how easy? 666, so simple, but does this amount to counting the number of his name? Seems like it to me 600 and 60 and 6 -- 666. Just like we read in the Wikipedia posting. We do not need to get all twisted up in this, but if you want you can go to Wikipedia and just follow out all of the articles related to the Number of the Beast -- lots and lots and lots of information, information that was not available only a couple of decades ago -- well, available, perhaps, but not so easily available to just about everyone, small and great.
More on this Number -- What if it is not a number at all?
So, what about these figures, or characters represented in the Writings of John for the number 666 (χιϛ)? One might think that a three digit number with all three digits being the same that the representation of these same three numbers would be the same in John's writing, right? For example, when we write out the number 6 we call it Six, so, in John's writing to our writing it would be Six and Six and Six. However, John wrote our a total valley. The total value of 666 is 18, see what I mean? But there is another thing to consider. It has been noticed that these three letters are very similar to an Arabic saying -- remember, the original writing was in Aramaic, not Greek. So, what if these letters or these three numbers are meant to be letters and not numbers? It has been noticed that these three letters are the same, or at least very close to and Arabic saying and or symbols. The line at the top of the three letters is a sword while the three letters below the sword, in Arabic are nearly identical to the Greek appearance, however in Arabic this becomes a saying -- Bismuth, that is to say, In the Name of Allah. the Bismuth is the first letter, reading from right to left, then follows by two crossed swords.
Some a little more familar with the languages of the Middle East, like Walid Shoebat, a Muslim convert to Christianity, has been telling the Christian Evangelical community, for decades that these are not numbers but actual letters with a specific meaning, just as we have discussed -- Bismuth, meaning, in the name of Allah. Walid Shoebat has been providing this information for quite some time, but the Christians are so intrenched in their own interpretation few hear what Walid has to say. Now consider this, but remember, this is another manipulation in order to make something fit your enemy and this type of fight has been going on for a couple of millennia.
Further information: Medieval Christian view of MuhammadGematria has also been used with the word Maometis (Ancient Greek: Μαομέτις); which scholars have described as a dubiously obscure Latinisation of a Greek transliteration of the Arabic name Muhammad. Kenneth Setton wrote that Muhammad was frequently defamed and made a subject of legends taught by preachers as fact. For example, in order to show that Muhammad was the anti-Christ, it was asserted that Muhammad died not in the year 632 but in the year 666. In another variation on the theme the number "666" was also used to represent the period of time Muslims would hold sway of the land. In Quia maior, the encyclical calling for the Fifth Crusade, Euthymius Zygabenus and Zonaras wrote the name as "Maometh" and Cedrenus wrote the name "Mouchoumet" none of which is the "Maometis" in question. A leading exponent of the Maometis interpretation was Charles Walmesley, the Roman Catholic bishop of Rama. Other proponents include 16–17th century Catholic theologians Gilbert Genebrard, Francois Feuardent, and Rene Massuet. Maometis in Greek numerals totals 666:
That last paragraph spells out the problem with all of this counting of numbers, no matter to whom you count your enemies, this is a problem -- making things fit. This cannot be demonstrated any better than in todays Wild West Internet, where each President of the USA name has been some how configured to count up to the number of the Beast.In the 1923 book The Number And Names of the Apocalyptic Beasts, David Thom rejects "Maometis" as a valid translation, observing that "of the seven different ways in which Muhammad’s name is written in Euthymius and the Byzantine historians, not one is the orthography in question". None of the given spellings add up to 666 under Greek gematria.
Special methods have to be used in the counting of letters for numbers in order to get names like that of Muhammad to count up to 666. Of course, the Muslims of the Islamic religion could turn on the Christians with their own Beast Number studies and show that the Beast is going to be some Roman Catholic, maybe even the Pope, or someone else to rise up with the power of Satan.
The problem with all of this counting of numbers is that just about any name can be turned into the Mark of the Beast. There has to be other things, as previously mentioned, not just the number -- the image, for example, it has to be a combination of things.
Now would be a good time to go back and read again the verses that are supposed to be a Revelation and read the comments again, at the beginning of this article and then write in your own observations or findings. Have fun, by staying awake. Peace Dan ------ Mark of the Beast Part 2
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