666 The Mark of the Beast
666 And The Mark Of The Beast
The above warning on 666 and the mark of the beast from the book of Revelation is the most severe warning found in the entire Word of God, yet there does not seem to be any clear answers on what 666 and the mark of the beast is.
The real truth on 666 the mark of the beast is actually right under our nose, but most fail to see it because they fight with all their heart, might and soul not to acknowledge or understand something that is extremely important to God. Satan has achieved a huge victory over the Church on this issue and would no doubt be why Jesus said the entire world would be deceived. God sincerely asked us to remember something and most of the world has not only forgotten but does not want to know.
Many believe that 666 is the mark of the beast but note closely that the following verse says that the number and the mark are two separate things, so we know the mark is not 666. “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.” Revelation 13:17.
Revelation 19:20 says, “He deceived them that had received the mark of the beast.” Since those who receive the mark from the beast are deceived, it therefore means that 666 and the mark of the beast must involve some sort of subtle deception that is not obvious or easily noticed. If it were, how could almost the entire world be mislead? Jesus warned us that Satan’s deceptions are so deceptive they can “deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24. How deceptive would it be for someone to command everyone to accept a computerized verichip or biochip in their foreheads or hands? The Bible does not specifically say it will be a “miniature biochip” or even that it will involve technology at all. These modern words, “computer,” “biochip,” “technology,” “bar code,” and “scanner” do not appear in Revelation. People just assume that it will happen this way. How many real people would accept the government implanting biochip technology inside their heads?
2 Peter 1:20 says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” Since the Bible has no reasonable reference to technology then this is private interpretation and is not allowed or necessary. This would also be considered as adding to the book of Revelation, which also carries a severe warning. Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
The speculation that 666 or the mark of the beast is technology normally comes from the following verse.
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.”
It is assumed that if one cannot buy or sell then it must be controlled by some form of technology, and while this may even play a deceptive part, it is not 666 or the mark of the beast. Look at the above passage very closely. Note it says that you cannot buy or sell unless you have the MARK OR the NAME OR the NUMBER of his name. If the mark was a computer chip and you did NOT have the MARK but you had the NAME, you WOULD still be able to buy and sell so technology being the mark is just not possible and does not fit the context of what the Bible actually does clearly say.
Why would God pour out His most fiercest wrath on you based on an implanted biochip, which could be forced and hence cannot always be a free will decision? Some would say because it is the mark of the beast which is the mark of the devil. Many believe that 666 is the devil’s number and so when they envisage the phrase the “mark of the beast” they instantly associate that with Satan. The first thoughts that typically come to mind are something beastly and horrible like many envisage Satan’s appearance, but he was actually created a beautiful angel. The fact is, the Bible uses the term “Beast” to describe a kingdom just as many nations today have an animal or beast that represents their country. Daniel chapter 7 describes four beasts coming out of the sea and the fourth is indeed very horrible in appearance but what does the angelic interpreter say these four beasts represent?
Daniel 7:17 “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.” And Daniel 7:23 speaking of Pagan Rome says, “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.”
The following verse alone also puts an end to the fallacy of Satan being the beast. Revelation 20:10 “And THE DEVIL that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where THE BEAST and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
So who is the beast? We are not going to go into any detail that proves who the beast is but there is a link below for those who want the conclusive evidence. The identity of the beast power was first discovered in 1517 by Martin Luther and many others, which is that the beast is the Roman Catholic Church. Thus, what we are dealing with is not the mark of the devil but the mark of the Catholic Church.
All these following people knew that the Papal Church is the little horn of Daniel 7, which is synonymous with the first beast of Revelation 13 that enforces 666 and the mark, and many of them died by the hand of the Roman Catholic Church. See also who is the antichrist today. “John Wycliffe, William Tyndale (translated the Bible - Tyndale Bible), Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer; in the seventeenth century, Bunyan, the translators of the King James Bible and the men who published the Westminster and Baptist confessions of Faith; Sir Isaac Newton, John Wesley, Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards; and more recently Spurgeon, Bishop J.C. Ryle and Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones; these men among countless others, all saw the office of the Papacy as the antichrist.” — All Roads Lead to Rome, by Michael de Semlyen. Dorchestor House Publications, p. 205. 1991.
Is the Catholic Church into enforcing computer chips? Why would they? And again, why would this make God so angry that He would pour out His full wrath upon you. This is our most merciful and forgiving God that sent His only son to die for our sins. Clearly, there is more to this and why Jesus says those who receive the mark are DECEIVED. The Catholic Church has enforced many things by death over the centuries but it was never technology, it was always their religious viewpoint that was enforced by death. This is what the book of Revelation also reveals.
As for 666 being the devil’s number, the Bible says it is the number of a MAN and this man is from the BEAST power, or in other words, from the Roman Catholic Church. Does the Catholic Church have a man at its head? 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.”
Revelation 13:18 says we have to count the number. When we count the official title of the Pope in Roman numerals, it adds up to 666. Hover here for an excerpt of an article called “The number of a man” about the known titles of the Pope or select for the full original image. Page 17 continued. See 666 the number of the beast and the origin to discover where this number came from.
The symbolism of hand and forehead in regards to 666 and the mark of the beast is not something found only in the book of Revelation and by no coincidence is also where the Bible Ten Commandments are symbolized.
Deuteronomy 6:5-8 NIV “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These Commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as SYMBOLS on your HANDS and bind them on your FOREHEADS.”
And Deuteronomy 11:18 NIV says, “Fix these words of mine in your HEARTS and MINDS; tie them as symbols on your HANDS and bind them on your FOREHEADS.”
Note how Deuteronomy 11:18 above relates fixing the words of God’s Ten Commandment law in our hearts and minds with being a sign upon our hands and forehead. Where does God write His law now under the New Covenant? Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their HEARTS, and in their MINDS will I write them;”
So if the mark of the beast is associated with something that does actually matter to God like His Ten Commandment law, then we should find strong evidence of this in the passages associated with 666 and the mark of the beast in Revelation. So do we find any such evidence? The very next verse following the passage in Revelation 14 on the consequences of receiving the number 666 or the mark of the beast is a verse that describes those who do not get the mark of the beast. What is it that this group does so they do not get the mark? Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
The evidence is overwhelming and you do not have to use one ounce of speculation to come to this conclusion. Not only do we have this overwhelming evidence, but the verse before the warning says, “...Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:7.
Greek Lexicons state that the phrase “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” is a reference to the fourth Commandment and is the only other place it is found! The Sabbath Commandment is also a SIGN that God is the creator of all things and that it is God we worship.
The Mark is symbolic and this should be clear by the fact that God also Seals us with His Mark in our forehead and by the fact that the law is to be a sign upon our HANDS and FOREHEAD. This is not coincidence by any means. Do you really believe it is by chance that the MARK competes for exactly the same locations which symbolize our obedience to God’s law and especially when Revelation shows so distinctly that those who do NOT get the mark keep the Commandments of God?
Every person on the planet will one day either get the Mark of God (seal) or the Mark of the Beast. You will find numerous times in the Bible that the forehead represents your heart and mind while your hands represent your actions. This is all symbolic as is 666 and the mark of the beast, which is something that is going to be a free will decision and will be something that God truly does care about. What has the Roman Catholic Church done that has most impacted His Church? It is because of this issue that God is going to pour out His wrath on the Papal Church before the Second Coming of Christ and what the final choice will be all about. Revelation shows this issue is about worship but what have the Commandments got to do with worship? What defines worship and what did the Catholic Church do in this regards?
Most people know that the second Commandment has to do with who and what we should not bow down to and worship, but most do not know there is a Commandment that defines who we do worship and this is what so many people today have missed and need to get a clear picture on as it then makes everything come clear.
Did you know that the Catholic Church has their own version of the Ten Commandments and that they have deleted the second Commandment? This is about who and what we should not worship. But did you also know that by the death of millions that they changed the fourth Commandment to Sunday in honour of SUN worship which came into the Church through paganism. This is why most Churches today worship on Sunday. Did you also know that Revelation 13:2 says that the dragon (Satan) gave his power and seat and great authority to the Catholic Church? Why did he do that? In case you have not noticed today, Satan is busy trying to convince Christians that they do not have to obey the Ten Commandments at all anymore. Satan first started with the easiest Commandment to attack which was the Sabbath and he did this by giving the Papal Church their position and power and had them change the day and they nearly murdered the true Sabbath out of existence. Daniel 7:25 even informs us that they would change God’s law. But do most Christians take note of this? No. The enemy is to busy trying to keep everyone in the dark on this issue ready for his grand finale with 666 and the mark of the beast. This is what the great controversy is all about. Is it any wonder Satan attacks anyone who teaches obedience to the Sabbath and works so hard on the minds of Christians trying to keep them from discovering the real truth.
So why is the Sabbath about who we worship and belong to? Note carefully the following verses.
Exodus 31:13-17 “Speak you also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am the LORD that does SANCTIFY you. … 15 Six days may work be done; but in the Seventh is the Sabbath of rest, Holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a PERPETUAL covenant. 17 It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel FOR EVER: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the Seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”
Ezekiel 20:20 “And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you, that you may know that I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.”
The Sabbath is a special SIGN that defines that we are God’s children and He is our God that sanctifies us and makes us Holy. It also defines therefore that it is God that we worship and love and give our allegiance to. It is not a SIGN when we keep a secular day and profane God’s Sabbath. There is a lot more that could be cited but this should be enough to help you understand why this day is important to God and why it is a sin against God for us to not keep His Sabbath day Holy.
Some will say that this perpetual covenant that is a SIGN forever, (Exodus 31:13-17) applies only to the Israel of God and this is correct. The question is; who is the Israel of God?
Paul wrote, “They are not all Israel, which are of Israel” Romans 9:6. What does this text mean? Those “of Israel” refer to people belonging to the literal Jewish nation but just because people are “of Israel,” or Jewish, doesn't necessarily mean they are truly Israel indeed.
Paul said there is an “Israel according to the flesh” (1 Corinthians 10:18) and an “Israel of God” (Galatians 6:14-16) centred in Jesus Christ. The “Israelites … according to the flesh” (Romans 9:3-4) refer to literal Jews who can trace their blood line back to Abraham but who do not as yet believe in Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Paul wrote, “They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God.” Romans 9:8. Thus this group although it has a wonderful religious heritage is made up largely of people who spiritually “are not the children of God.”
In the New Testament sense, “the children of God,” applies only to those who have received Jesus Christ as Lord (John 1:12). “The Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16) refers to a composite group made up of both Jews and non-Jews who believe in the Crucified one, have died to self and been born again (see verses 14-15). This group is called “the Israel of God” because it is God centred, being made up of people who have a genuine experience with the Lord. Sadly, the majority of Middle East Israelis today don’t fit this description.
Writing to non-Jews, or Gentiles, Paul wrote, “And if you belong to Christ, then are you Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:28-29. This passage teaches that a Gentile, if he “belongs to Christ,” is mystically injected into “Abraham's seed,” which according to Isaiah 41:8 is Israel. In Galatians 6, Paul summarized his doctrine by saying that anyone, circumcised or uncircumcised, who becomes a “new creature” through faith in Jesus, is now part of “the Israel of God”, verses 14-16. See also Romans 2:28-29. Thus before the cross we had a literal Israel but now those that are Christ’s after the cross are a spiritual Israel.
So the Israel of God is anyone who belongs to Christ and is under the New Covenant. Many do not understand that if we are Christ’s then we are spiritual Jews and the Israel of God. If we reject this truth then we cannot be under the New Covenant. Observe who the New Covenant was ONLY made with. This came into effect when the Jews rejected God’s message from Stephen (Acts 6:8-7:60) and stoned him.
Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:”
The Sabbath is so important to God in this regards that it is also referred to as the test Commandment as God used it to see if His children would keep His whole law. The interesting part of this is how God tested His children to see if they would keep His Ten Commandment law. He tested them by seeing if they would keep the Seventh day or not. And did they? No, and God accused them of breaking His whole law. If they failed to keep His Seventh day Sabbath, as far as God was concerned they were not keeping any of His Ten Commandment law. Look at Exodus 16 below very carefully. We find the same situation in the book of James. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” As you can see, there is more to the Sabbath than meets the eye. It should now be clear that the Sabbath is a very significant SIGN that it is God we worship and give our allegiance to.
Exodus 16:4-31 “Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, THAT I MAY PROVE THEM, WHETHER THEY WILL WALK IN MY LAW, OR NO. 5 And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. 26 Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none. 27 And it came to pass, that there went out some of the people on the seventh day for to gather, and they found none. 28 AND THE LORD SAID UNTO MOSES, HOW LONG REFUSE YOU TO KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS AND MY LAWS? 29 See, for that the LORD has given you the Sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide you every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. 31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.”
Sabbath quotes from the Catholic Church
Below are statements from the Roman Catholic Church which show why most Churches now keep Sunday as the Sabbath. Revelation 13 tells us that Satan gave his power and authority to the Catholic Church. Why? It was Satan's plan to have this Church change the Sabbath to Sunday. Why did Satan do this? The Sabbath is about who we give our allegiance to. If we obey God and keep His Sabbath day Holy, we give our allegiance to God. If we obey the Commandment of the Catholic Church and keep their day Holy, who do we give our allegiance to then? The Catholic Church answers this question below with two of their quotes. But looking deeper, who gave this Church power so God’s true day of worship could be changed? Read Catholic Statements on the Sabbath for more quotes.
Does the Bible support the change to Sunday?
“For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, that is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the [Roman Catholic] church outside the Bible.” Catholic Virginian, October 3, 1947, p. 9, article “To Tell You the Truth.”
“Most Christians assume that Sunday is the biblically approved day of worship. The Catholic Church protests that it transferred Christian worship from the biblical Sabbath (Saturday) to Sunday, and that to try to argue that the change was made in the Bible is both dishonest and a denial of Catholic authority. If Protestantism wants to base its teachings only on the Bible, it should worship on Saturday.” Rome’s Challenge www.immaculateheart.com/maryonline Dec 2003
Who Made Sunday Holy?
“Question - Which is the Sabbath day?
Answer - Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Question - Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
Answer - We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A.D. 364), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” Peter Geiermann, C.S.S.R., The Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50, 3rd edition, 1957.
“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the Church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath, was changed from Saturday to Sunday. ‘The day of the Lord’ was chosen, not from any direction noted in the Scriptures, but from the (Catholic) Church’s sense of its own power...People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy.” St. Catherine Church Sentinel, Algonac, Michigan, May 21, 1995.
Whose Day of Worship is Sunday?
“It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the Bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” Priest Brady, in an address reported in The News, Elizabeth, New Jersey, March 18, 1903.
“They [the Protestants] deem it their duty to keep the Sunday holy. Why? Because the Catholic Church tells them to do so. They have no other reason...The observance of Sunday thus comes to be an ecclesiastical law entirely distinct from the divine law of Sabbath observance...The author of the Sunday law...is the Catholic Church.” Ecclesiastical Review, February 1914.
Who Do We Reverence by Keeping Sunday Holy?
“It was the Catholic church which...has transferred this rest to Sunday in remembrance of the resurrection of our Lord. Therefore the observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the (Catholic) church.” Monsignor Louis Segur, Plain Talk About the Protestantism of Today, p. 213.
“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” father T. Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, February 18, 1884, printed in History of the Sabbath, p. 802. Hover here for a document clip or select for full original image.
Would you receive God’s fiercest wrath if you knowingly chose to follow the commandments of a persecuting power that received its position from Satan, when it is in TOTAL REBELLION against God and His LAW? Do you think this would anger God? This is totally Biblical and not speculation and something that will be a free will decision and what the Bible reveals from Genesis to Revelation that God cannot accept and is the reason why God frequently punished Israel. The mark of the Catholic Church according to them was that they were able to change the law of God and have almost the whole Protestant world follow them. So does one obey God or man, or should I say God or Satan? What SIGN are you going to follow? The SIGN of God or the SIGN that shows you are giving your allegiance to the beast?