The Mark Of The Beast
The Last Persecution

(Revelation 13)
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Symbols. Revelation 13 shows Jesus as the judge. Here we see the final evidence of His case against Satan. Satan is exiled from heaven, so he builds an empire and a false sanctuary on earth to rival God. He plans to murder the people of God just as he murdered Christ. The symbols used involve the covenant and the first four commandments. It is the struggle of a false god who erects an immoral empire on earth by corrupting and occupying the temple of God. Satan recruits the most powerful political, religious and financial organizations on earth in this fight against God.

Background. So far we have learned that after the 1260 year persecution that the beast would be wounded and that this wound would be healed. We then see the final powers at the end of time. The dragon transfers power to the beast, then to the lamb beast and then to the image to the beast. At this point they issue a global mark under the threat of persecution.

The Mark Of The Beast
John describes this lamb beast's last deception. It attracts people by miracles and inflicts brutality by popular consent.
Evil Miracles. And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceives those who live on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast;
Image Of The Beast. saying to them that live 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 to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak,
Punishment. and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he caused 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,
The Mark Of The Beast - Name Of The Beast - Number Of His Name. save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
666 is Calculated. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty six.
(Revelation 13: 13-18)

The Head and Hands of Dagon
There is another old testament story that tells the importance of the forehead and the hands.

The Philistines had captured the Ark of the Covenant and placed it in their temple next to the idol of the false god Dagon. They had dared to mix their false worship with the true. God punished both the people and the idol. He gave the people a plague of sores and the head and hands of the idol were cut off by God. (1 Samuel 5: 1-7).

This is exactly what happens in the end. The false religion captures the law of God. The people involved in idolatrous worship receive a mark on their head and hands and they will suffer with sores in the seven last plagues before they are cut off forever.

In this final apostasy, both the people and the false god experience the fate of Dagon. Interestingly, the fish god Dagon survived in Babylonian worship. The Roman clergy wears the same fishhead mitre of the priests of Dagon.
Leviathan is also described as a monster with the head of a fish.

The Location That Is Marked.
The mark is placed in the right hand and the forehead. The beast wants external signs of loyalty and devotion to his commandments.
In Israel, this is the exact place where the faithful Jew was supposed to place the external reminders about keeping the laws of God. This request was strictly to remember the first four commandments. God wanted them to be internal (in the heart) and he wanted external signs (on the hand and the forehead).
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words which I am commanding you today shall be on your heart. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be between your eyes on your forehead. (Deuteronomy 6: 5, 6, 8)
In Revelation 7, 14 and 15, we see that those who are victorious have the following characteristics:

  1. Pure. Revelation 14: 4. They were not defiled by the harlot. They were loyal to God.
  2. Name of God. Revelation 14: 1. They have the name of the Lamb and the Father written on their foreheads instead of the mark of the beast. They did not worship the beast and his image.
  3. Law keepers. Revelation 14: 12. They keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus Christ. The law has not been repealed by the new covenant.
  4. Sabbath Song. Revelation 14: 2; 15: 3-4. They sang the Sabbath song from Psalm 92.

Mark on the Head Conclusion. The mark of the beast involves those who do not submit to the authority of God.

Mark on the Hand The Mark Of The Beast And The Seal
The question still remains. What is the mark of the beast, and how do we avoid it?
In Revelation 14: 9-11, the Bible describes the terrible fate of those who receive the Mark of the Beast. In stark contrast, Revelation 14: 12 describes those with the seal who stand victorious with Jesus on Mount Zion:
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14: 12)
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. (Isaiah 8: 16)
Therefore, our conclusion is that the seal of God is contained in His law. The Bible teaches that the final issue will be over the seal of God as opposed to the mark of the beast.
In Revelation 7: 1-3 an angel ascends from the east with the seal of the living God. This angel comes down from heaven and puts a seal on people's foreheads. Two classes are represented:

The Characteristics Of A Seal. There are about six essential elements in a seal needed to authenticate a document. The first three are generally stamped on the physical seal. The last three are the power behind the authorization. The covenant is the document that contains the seal.

Mark on the Hand Judging The Corrupted Sanctuary
Judgment. There was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.
Corrupted. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the Holy City for forty two months."
(Revelation 11: 1-2)
It is obvious that the wicked corrupts the temple of God and God abandons a portion and leaves it to them. Ezekiel also describes a temple that will be measured and judged. It is the temple that exists between the resurrection of Christ and the Second Coming. It describes a people that are still not perfect interacting with a sanctuary system administered by a perfect High Priest. Just like the temples before it, this temple will also be trampled. Unlike the previous temples, there is no building. The people are the temple.

The Mark Of God And The Abominations In The Ancient Temple.
Ezekiel had a vision in chapters 8 to 11 of the abominations in the temple of God. There were idols, carved images, creeping things, weeping for Tammuz and sun worship. They were breaking the first four commandments. This evoked the wrath of God.
Then God sent six executioners, one of them marked the people of God and the others killed the rest. He had this vision in the sixth year, sixth month and the fifth day of their exile. (Ezekiel 8: 1). The day after his vision would have been year six, month six, day six. Is that the day, he started warning the exiles? (Ezekiel 11: 24-25). Every single issue in this one vision copies all the issues in the Mark of the Beast! According to chapter 8, their sin was breaking the first four commandments.

  1. One God. They worshiped an idol of jealousy.
  2. Carved Images. They prayed to carved images of idols, beasts and creeping things in the temple.
  3. Name of the Lord. They were weeping for Tammuz instead of calling on the Name of the Lord.
  4. Sabbath. They worshipped the Sun.

What is interesting is that God said that each abomination was worse than the previous. So in this event, sun worship and ignoring the Sabbath was somehow worse than idolatry. Why?
They had rejected their sign of rest. Jesus said that certain types of blasphemy can be forgiven but not others.
Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. (Matthew 12: 31)
The Holy Spirit is the method of rest from sin and the Sabbath is the sign of this rest. You must obey Him.

The Mark Of Uzziah For The Abominations In The Temple.
King Uzziah dared to usurp the office of the priests by entering into the sanctuary and burning insense and leprosy broke out on his forehead after he became angry with the priests. He combined the office of priest and king.
Pride Of Uzziah. But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord his God, for he entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.
Warning To Uzziah. Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the Lord, valiant men. They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the Lord God."
Wrath Of Uzziah. But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the altar of incense.
Plague Of Leprosy On The Forehead. Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead; and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the Lord had smitten him. King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s house judging the people of the land.
(2 Chronicles 26: 16-21)
The mark is given to those who usurp the authority of God and defile the temple.

Mark on the Hand Judging The Corruption Of The Law
Psalm 74 is a prophecy about this time. Babylon, Rome and Babylon the Great all became abominations in the temple.
Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins. The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary. It seems as if one had lifted up his axe in a forest of trees. And now all its carved work they smash with hatchet and hammers. They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground. They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name. (Psalm 74: 3, 5-7)
The Antichrist corrupts the temple by attacking the commandments of God. The first four commandments demonstrate our love and duties to God.
Their focus is not the basis of civil law - the last six commandments. They focus on those commandments in which God described how He is to be honored if we love Him. So the Antichrist shows that he is God by changing the commandments about God so that he is worshipped instead of YHWH.

Mark on the Head Conclusion. The mark of the beast involves those who will be judged because they have corrupted the sanctuary and religion of God by creating their own corrupt sanctuary and system of religion and changing the laws of God.
The Little Horn Changes Laws. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time, times and the dividing of a time. (Daniel 7: 25)

Instead, the people under the jurisdiction of the beast will be lawless, will change the Sabbath, will be possessed with the spirit of demons and they will be guided by a false prophet.
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. (Revelation 19: 20)

Mark on the Hand Judging The People: The Magnificent Price Of Jesus
When Jesus was crucified, there were several ways that they treated Him like an evil man. We discuss all of them in another lesson but we discuss the final example here. Judas was paid 30 shekels for Jesus.
I said to them, "If it is good in your sight, give me my wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighed out thirty shekels of silver as my wages. Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD. (Zechariah 11: 12-13)

So Jesus could redeem 66 people with a fair price or 60 people with the price with which He was valued. This sounds strangely like the 66 descendants of Israel who had to come to Egypt, the land of sin, and then redeemed.
He could redeem twelve firstborn with a fair price, this is the twelve tribes. But He was valued at the cost of six.

» Israel Ransomed. After all this speculation we conclude that Jesus made the substitute for everyone in the Garden of Gethsemane with His blood. He even substituted Himself for us at the cross by submitting to the Satan, giving His life as the price for our release from bondage. However, there was no substitute for Him. He must be bought for a king's ransom and they undervalued Him. Since He was now Israel of the promise, the price was enough to pay for twelve sons, including one firstborn.

The Census. Since the value was obtained by a counting and a census we will look at one judgment pattern that involves a counting and measurement. In Jewish tradition judgment is done in three stages on Tishri 1, 10 and 21. These are the same pattern applied at the fall of Babylon when God did the evaluation and rendered judgment.

Mark on the Head Conclusion. The mark of the beast involves people who have been rejected by God because they are deficient.

Mark on the Hand Calculating The Number Of His Name
and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six. (Revelation 13: 17-18)

The book of Numbers has the only reference to counting the number of names. It is a task in which only certain members of a family were counted during a census. The number was assigned to the name of the head of the family.
Take a census of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' households according to the number of names, every male, head by head from twenty years old and upward, whoever is able to go out to war in Israel, you and Aaron shall number them by their armies. With you, moreover, there shall be a man of each tribe, each one head of his father's household.
Leaders of Thousands. These are they who were called of the congregation, the leaders of their fathers' tribes, they were the heads of thousands of Israel.
(Numbers 1: 2-4, 16)
The leaders were supposed to command a minimum of thousands. Even in this the beast is deficient. He has less than one thousand.

Marriage And The Naming Ceremony
We find other evidence that a naming ceremony occurs before or during a marriage. The Second Coming is known as the wedding of Christ to His church. At this time He also numbers us and gives us a new name.
We see that during this final time, the beast also tries to brand people with his name and number.
Where does this ceremony originate? Look at the time Adam named the animals.
The recognition that Adam is alone (18). Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make him a helper suitable for him".
The Naming of the Animals (19-20). Out of the ground God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; And whatever the man called a living creature that was his name. The man gave names to all the cattle and to the birds of the sky and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
The Creation of Eve (21-22). So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man and he slept. Then He took one of the ribs and closed up the flesh in that place. Then God fashioned into a woman, the rib which He had taken from the man.
(Genesis 2: 18-22)
After God said that Adam should not be alone, He asked Adam to name the animals. Adam did not find anyone suitable for him, then God created Eve.
Mark on the Head Conclusion. On the sixth day God made man in His own image. At the end of time, the beast makes a man that is in his own image. This parallel symbolism of God and the false God making an image on the sixth day is a direct link to the activities of this day of creation.
The number of the man who causes the mark of the beast is given to the man who is head of the household of the Antichrist. He creates his house by first giving in to marriage so that he gives them his name and spawns evil seed in his own image.

Mark on the Hand Calculating God's Portion (The Midianite Apostasy)
God's Portion
Portion Recipient Fraction People Amount
Tithe God 1/10 6000600
War TaxLevites 1/50 300060
Priest 1/500 30006
Total 666
The book of Numbers 31 records how to distribute people and treasure captured in war.
A very interesting coincidence occurs when the formula for the distribution of the tithe and the portion given to the Levites and High priest is applied to the number 6,000.
This story is also interesting because it occurs just before Israel took possession of the Promised Land. 12,000 soldiers of Israel took vengeance on the Midianites because they tricked Israel into committing sins (Numbers 31). The story has a bizarre similarity to the issues of Revelation 13 in reverse.

The division of the spoils of war was also according to the judgment formula: (count and divide). If you apply this formula, including the tithe to the number 6000, then you will get 666 in tithe and taxes for God.

Why choose 6000? When we compared the temple in the New Jerusalem to the corrupted temple of Ezekiel we noticed that the number of people is directly related to the size of the walls. In the new Jerusalem the walls are 144 cubits and the number of names is 144,000. In Ezekiel's temple the walls are 6 cubits so the population is 6000. We assumed that the missing tribe of Dan now belongs to the beast and 6000 or 12000 may be their population.

In the last days, Israel is faithful. They are about to enter the Promised Land. They do not worship the beast and his image. They do not get the plagues. They are punished economically.
If this is an accurate assessment, it means that the beast of Revelation 13 steals everything that is set aside for God.

Mark on the Hand What Is The Mark Of The Beast?
It is any sign that shows that the authority of God has been taken away. Practically speaking, the mark of the beast will appear as any law or attempt to force the people to disobey the first four commandments in order to honor the counterfeit commandments of the beast. Let us apply the condemnation of Ezekiel 8 to modern times. The prophet saw corruption in the temple brought in by the leaders. As we survey the modern times we will look at how the theory of evolution fits into this end time abomination.

What The Mark Of The Beast Is Not.
The mark of the beast cannot be a tattoo, barcode on the skin or a microchip underneath the skin or a financial card or a bumper sticker if it is not accepted as a token of false worship. However, the enforcement of the mark could use any of these technologies to guarantee money, services or credit. We should look for legislation that enforces religious worship with a penalty and distributes favor on condition of accepting this worship. When we trade obedience for economics that transaction is the mark of the beast, whatever symbol is used to signify acceptance of that agreement.

Mark on the Hand The Location Of The Mark.
Just as the Sabbath is the sign or seal of God, Sunday will be the sign or mark of the beast.
The Attack on God
All of the first four commandments are attacked by the beast in the end. The Mark of the beast is just one of the four areas where the beast will claim authority over the one True and Living God.

He will demand worship by demanding loyalty to his name, his image and his false Sabbath.

Like Daniel, I plan to resist. I refuse to hide my allegiance to the true Sabbath. I intend to do exactly what I have been doing in past.
The Mark
Mark of the Beast Location Mark of God
Name of the beast Forehead Name in our forehead (14: 1)
Number of the beast (666) Right hand Number of God (144,000)
The mark is placed in the same two external spots that Israel was told to place the law of God. They cannot see the heart of man so they cannot legislate that worship. However, they can enforce external signs that show where your loyalties are.

The first two commandments tell us what we should not do if we accept God. The third and fourth tell us what we should do to acknowledge our relationship to God. It is these visible signs that are used as a test to see if we will break the first two.

  1. The Name In The Forehead. Revelation 14: 1 shows that we will be taking the name of God. This is a reference to the third commandment. We should take the name of God, but with the proper understanding and respect.
    Even now there is a politically correct movement which attempts to say that all gods are the same despite what we choose to call him or her.
  2. The Sabbath Rest And The Work Of The Hand. Spend time with God on the day that He has made holy.
    It controls what we do publicly, and it is the most successful attempt of the papacy to change the laws of God. It is the only commandment that has an economic component. We cannot buy or sell on Sabbath. The beast will make it impossible to do necessary trade unless we do business on Sabbath. Even now, all secular activity is being forced on to the Sabbath as Sunday is becoming the only guaranteed week day of rest by businesses.
    and he provides that no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13: 17)

In a broad sense, all of the first four commandments are attacked and claimed by the beast. The most important is the first commandment. Like ancient civilizations, they will set up a counterfeit for YHWH and could force us to bow down to idols. But the final apostasy must appeal to modern men, including the religious and agnostic. So, the most visible sign of disloyalty will be to attack the fourth commandment. That is why it will be the central focus.

The Number Of A Man
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Total 666
The record is clear. 666 ultimately belongs to a man. Who is he?
... for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six. (Revelation 13: 18)
All other evidence points to only one religious and political leader who has changed the law of God and describes himself as sitting in the place of God on earth. But we will discuss one last sign which is important because it might be a local sign.

Gematria. If we use the ancient process of Gematria which was done in ancient Rome, we can calculate this number from a title of the pope in the language of Rome, Latin. In Our Sunday Visitor, a Catholic weekly printed in Huntington, Indiana, on November 15, 1915, we read:

The title of the Pope of Rome is Vicarius Filii Dei. This was inscribed on his miter.

Using the Roman Numeral System, and assigning the value of the letters that have numeral equivalents (and "0" for the others), we get the following:
    5 + 1 + 100 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 50 + 1 + 1 + 500 + 1 = 666.
This usage was probably first described in 1612 by the rector of Berlin, Andreas Helwig [or Helwich] (1572-1643) in his book "Antichristus Romanus". (Sheifler).

Mark on the Head Conclusion. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6: 19)
The number 666 belongs to the man who is the head of the temple whose dimensions are 600, 60 and 6.

Catholic Apologetics
Some Catholic writers have made the following charges about the title "Vicarivs Filii Dei".

  1. Vicarius Filii Dei, or "Vicar of the Son of God," is not now, nor has it ever been, a title of the bishop of Rome. Critics go on to imply that it is a false statement engineered by Protestants.
    We will now look at some historical documents that contradict this assertion. All these documents use this title.
  2. There is no official document that uses this title. It is an invention, a fabrication by anti-Catholics.
    However, the documents like the "Donation of Constantine" used by Protestants to document the usage of the term were official Catholic documents at one time. The apologetics keep redefining the barriers, sanitizing history and destroying their own documents so that at some point in the future it might appear to be true to declare that there are no official documents, no pope ever said it, or no pope ever used this title.

However, the evidence shows that the title was used by a Catholic document in which the Catholic writer believed that the information was authentic. It was not invented by Protestants. It was in use by the twelfth century. Even if this document is a forgery, it does not mean that the titles used were a forgery or that they were not commonly known. I would argue that because the information appeared to be so genuine, it was able to be passed on by church scholars as being authentic for centuries.
So, there seems to be an effort to expunge all Catholic publications of this reference. So that hundreds of years from now they can claim, more forcefully, that it is a lie and a forgery and a Protestant invention.

Tattoos And Microchips: The Economic Test?
Total Information Awareness
Total Economic Control
The new Homeland Security government database named "Total Information Awareness" (TIA), gives a great capability to the country that is identified as one of the powers of the beast system that will enforce the mark. It will be tied into the credit system and to INTERPOL, probably giving and receiving real time information to the credit bureaus.

Since the government database will hold other non-financial information about each citizen, they are preparing themselves to be the trigger that notifies the credit agencies to instantly deny a transaction. Although it is not their current intention, they have the laws and they are building the perfect system for enforcing the future mark of the beast.
This mark of the beast is the subject of much speculation in many books. Many have the idea that the number 666 will be literally placed on the hand or forehead. In our age of technology, the only possibilities that could allow the mark to be used as an economic tool would be to have a barcode or a microchip in those two places. While I do not see many people agreeing to this self mutilation, I have to look at teenagers and wonder.

Biometrics. Implants are a great leap forward for the field of biometric identification. Your identification can never be lost or stolen. When combined with finger print and other body identification techniques, it becomes an excellent credit verification system.

But, by itself, can this be the source of the biblical condemnation? No.
The receipt of these methods of identification for that purpose cannot be a sin. No commandment is broken. The sin against God must be related to what the recipient of a physical mark agrees to do or to believe before they accept this mark. Owning or receiving a credit card is not a sin. As of this date, one only has to promise to pay the bills and answer all questions honestly on the application before receiving this card. You are never required to do anything against your conscience.

Therefore, the mark in the forehead must be total personal allegiance and loyalty to the system. The mark in the hand must be a willingness to cooperate and to externally do what is necessary to appear to be in agreement.
God condemns both attitudes. You must openly take sides in this final struggle with evil.

The Courage of Daniel. Only those who meet these patriotic requirements will be allowed to participate in the economic system. Therefore, at a minimum, our credit verification systems must be involved. After he knew about the new law, Daniel still prayed at an open window as was his custom, even though the law pronounced the death sentence for his actions (Daniel 6: 10). He could have closed his window and prayed to God in secret. He did not. At some point we must openly show our allegiance as an example. We will be killed, but we must not fear death.

A Lesson From History. During the Spanish Inquisition, the atmosphere was similar to our present situation. Back then, the enemy to hunt was the Sabbath keeping Jew. Many Jews had pretended to convert to avoid persecution. They were called conversos. We cannot do this in the end. The aim of the inquisition was to rid the Spanish empire of these "conversos" and other Jews. Here are some of the tactics of the inquisition.

What Is The Image Of The Beast?
The beast is recognized by a mark, a number and an image. An image looks like the original but it is actually the reverse or opposite. The Antichrist is the image to the beast because it usurps the role of Christ, standing in opposition to Him. An analysis of the character of God, revealed in His law will help us to identify the characteristics of the Antichrist.

The Mark Of GodSatan The Antichrist The Image
1 One God GodWants to be God Acts as god Atheism, hedonism
RedemptionSlaves of Sin Man of sin Condones slavery, sinful
TempleCorrupts his temple Sits in the temple as god Takes over Jerusalem
PriestAccuser of the brethren Human intercessors Immoral clergy
TorahDespises the law Not literal, burn and ban Allegory, myths, obsolete
Image of GodEvolved from animals Evolved from apes Made in the image of apes
2 Idolatry Creature GodsEvolution from lower animals Men as gods Worship demons
False GodsCreates many false gods Venerates Idols, Saints Spirit possession
SpiritsFoul, unclean spirits Dead saints Occult, seance
3 Name Of God NamePolytheism Many saints Name of the beast
ReputationBlaspheme Blaspheme, eternal hell Blaspheme, torture
4 Sabbath Creator Evolution theories Theistic evolution Evolution
SaturdayAny day except Saturday Sunday Forced worship, secular
PeopleSecular activities Sunday sacredness Commercial activities
LandGlobal disregard of Sabbath National worship Church-State union
SignNo rest Salvation by works Slavery to addictions
5 Honor Parents LeadersMutiny Usurps authority Disrespects religion
AuthoritySows discord Human authority Rebellious, Stubborn
6 Kill MurderMurderer from the beginning War with the saints Kill those without the mark
HatePersecute God's people Persecutes saints, torture Hatred of Christians
7 Adultery Fornication Perversion Prostitute Sexual immorality, Sodom
MarriagePerverts the image of God Polysexuality, Sodomy Pedophelia, bestiality
UnfaithfulBreaks up families Church-State unions Divorce, immoral unions
8 Steal Honest Thief Greedy, prosperity ministry Lust for money
BusinessTrafficking and trade Business and commerce Stops buying and selling
9 Lie LiarLiar from the beginning Makes laws to persecute Lies to persecute
False ReportMaligned God's character Claims God does not hear False arrests
10 Covet WifeKidnapped the bride Persecutes the church Ridicules the church
PropertyCovets Mt. Zion Covets power Economic boycott

The image to the beast must be all systems that reflect the works and character of Satan and the Antichrist, especially those that work against the character of God which is revealed in the ten commandments. Based on the key events in other prophecies, the image must do the following.

The Creation Of Beasts And Man On The Sixth Day
The process of creation on the sixth day gives our best and most comprehensive characteristics of the mark of the beast. We are living in the early part of the sixth day of our recreation where the beasts are dominant.
The creation of man in God's image shows us the mark of God. When an alternate design replaces the plans of God for man with the design of beasts we have the mark of the beast.
Commandments (1) One God (2) Make No Images (3) Name Of God (4) Sabbath
Mark Of GodGod Image Of God Dominion MarriageSabbath
Mark Of The BeastMan Image Of Beasts Name Of The Beast ImmoralitySunday
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Repetition and Enlargement
1. Bible References To 666
In the Bible, there are other references to 666 or 66, which might give a clue to the meaning of this term.
Do not be dismayed about the apparently broad use of this number in several types of measurements. If we look at the numbers 40 and 42, we see that God applied it to several units of measurement in symbols, but they all had the same meaning.

Measurements. The curtain length.
Age. Good kings reigned 40 years.
Time. The beast reigns 42 months.
Count. 42 Levite cities.

  1. 6. An imperfect number. Man's number. This is the day man and beasts were created. It can be contrasted to seven, which is God's perfect time. If the number was meant to be compared to the number seven of God's time, then it might represent man's imperfect Sabbath. The triple representation is the false Sabbath of the false trinity.
    Honestly, in my opinion this is a human construct. I could accept this reasoning if the numbers 1 to 5 were also based on the creation events.
  2. The Sons of Adonikam1, 666 . Ezra 2: 13 numbered the people who came from the Babylonian captivity. This is the only reference we have to 666 and a name. Adonikam means "my Lord is risen". It refers to the resurrection.
    The beast was wounded and then lived. It was referred to as the beast that "was, is not and yet is". Therefore, it was alive, dead and resurrected. The beast has a resurrection phase, it is in this phase that it begins the final persecution that enforces the mark of the beast.
  3. 66 cubits. Daniel 3: 1. It is the size of the image that Nebuchadnezzar ordered the people to worship. Here we see an image, and forced worship by Babylon. It has all the elements of the persecution account by the new Babylon in Revelation 13. But the larger number in Revelation 13 might refer to the greater magnitude of the coming persecution.
    In reality, the mathematics applied is strange. The image is sixty cubits high and 6 cubits wide. Therefore, we should probably best think of the numbers as two separate numbers. So the 666 should be thought of as three separate numbers of three dimensions: 600, 60 and 6. In this light, we find these amazing stories in the Bible that almost fit the problems in the end.
  4. 66. Leviticus 12. A woman was unclean for 33 days after the birth of a son, but she was unclean for 66 days after the birth of a daughter. We have the elements of an unclean woman (church) which is one of the symbols of this apostate religion. This woman tries to usurp the throne of the son (Christ).
    666 is the number of the man who actually belongs to an unclean woman (church) who has given birth to prostituting daughters. (Babylon is the mother of Harlots).

    Unlike the true Christ who could make the woman (church) clean after 33 years, this man cannot make the church clean and his daughters never become clean.
  5. 66 Descendants of Jacob. Genesis 46: 26 - 66 direct descendants of 11 sons of Jacob went to Egypt. This usage does not seem significant. One could make the argument that these are the disobedient sons, each having an average of six children. An imperfect set. There were seventy people when the family of Joseph was added.
  6. 6-6-6 Most Holy Place. Read the amazing prophecy about the pollution of the sanctuary by the carbon group.
    The portable sanctuary has a dimension of three sets of six board on the three sides of the Most Holy place. From the external view, the three walls with six boards each appear to be the construction of the Most Holy Place.
    Since the crime of the beast or the Antichrist is to set up worship that competes with God, it is not surprising that he sets up a similar Holy Place. Since the entrance into the Most Holy Place represents the time when we have Sabbath Rest with God, the construction of a similar room means that the beast is trying to construct his own sanctuary, throne, authority and rest. In the study of the seven last plagues, you will see how God destroys this false sanctuary room by room and furniture by furniture. Revelation 13 prophecies about the construction of the Most Holy Place portion of the false sanctuary.
    » The Temple of Ezekiel. This temple is filled with measurements based on the number six. It represents our interaction with the sanctuary in heaven. This is the sanctuary that the beast will attempt to corrupt.
  7. 666 talents of Gold. 1 Kings 10: 14, 2 Chronicles 9: 13 - Solomon received this gold in one year. This usage does not seem significant.
  8. Calculating the Number. There are stories that involve calculating for a judgment.
  9. David Kills Goliath. In Daniel 2 a stone from heaven strikes the feet of iron and clay and destroys a giant image at the end of time and rescues Israel. A beast was attempting to place a mark in their foreheads or hands.
    David kills Goliath, a giant dressed in metal, with a stone in his forehead and saves Israel.
    6 Cubits Height. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass. And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders.
    600 Shekels Of Iron. And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him.
    (1 Samuel 17: 4-7)
    2 Samuel 21: 20 describes a giant with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. We do both know if this was true of Goliath.

Conclusion: Identification of The Beast
These four points describe the people of YHWH God and those rules by the Antichrist.

Pagan References To 666
This number appears in pagan beliefs. If this usage is valid, I would tend to place them in the category of local fulfillment. Because the evidence strongly suggests that the symbols of prophecy must ultimately find their deepest spiritual fulfillment and meaning within the Hebrew culture and in the sanctuary.

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Copyright   Updated : February 4, 2005, 2008.
Mike Scheifler's Bible Light on Catholic Apologetics regarding the number 666 and the title "Vicarious Filii Dei". URL: http://www.aloha.net/~mikesch/666.htm. He has a very good rebuttal to the "Pope Fiction" book and television series.
The 666 pagan tables were quoted by Scheifler from Unfolding the Revelation (Revised) by Roy Allan Anderson, pages 125-127.
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Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (February 2008)