The Mark of the Beast

The best known number in the world is “666.” It is found in Rev. 13:18 where it says that it is the number of the Beast. It is commonly understood that the Beast refers to the Antichrist. Throughout history, people have speculated on what this number, 666, means. Everyone seems to interpret it differently.

The Meaning of “666”

The most common speculation is that a persons name must have a thematic value that adds up to 666. This is where every letter has a numeric value and when you add the numeric value of every letter in the name, it will add up to 666. Even the authors of the Living Bible fell into this trap when they interpreted Rev. 13:18 (LB) as “the numerical values of the letters in his name add to 666!”

The Number is 666

According to the earliest papyrus that has been found, the New KJV has come the closest to the correct interpretation. Rev. 13:18 (NKJV): “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” The only error is that the earliest papyrus says “the number of man,” not “the number of a man.”

The NIV version probably interprets the phrase the closest to the earliest papyrus where it says: “for it is man’s number.” Thus, 666 does not refer to a specific man, but rather to the spirit which is within men.

This passage is telling us that there is a spirit in the world, connected to men (human beings), that is in opposition to the spirit of God. This spirit is personified in the Beast of Revelation. In other words, this Antichrist (the Beast) will lead the world in opposition to Jesus.

Yes, there will be an identifying mark given to those who will be able to buy and sell during the Tribulation Period. It will probably not be “666” but rather some other identifying mark.

The Fate of Those Who Have the Mark

What the mark is, is not important. What is important is what happens to those who receive this mark. First, they will be allowed to buy and sell on the open market. Unless you have the authority to buy and sell on the open market, you will have a very hard time getting what you need to survive.

But, the second and most terrifying thing is found in two places. One is found in Rev. 16:2 (NIV): “The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.” In other words, for a while they benefited by having the mark, but they soon received a severe punishment for receiving that mark.

The other reference to those receiving the mark is found in Rev. 14:11 (NIV): “And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”

This says that those who receive the mark of the beast and worship the beast (doing the first implies the second), will be tormented for ever and ever (in hell). My question is: “will it be worth it?” Will a short period of benefits be worth an eternity of punishment?

Rev. 19:20 tells us that it is through the false prophet that people are deceived into receiving this mark. In other words, those who know that the false prophet is not from God will not receive this mark.

Can You Unintentionally Receive This Mark?

Some have been worried that they have already done something that has caused them to already receive this mark. This is not something that you need to be worried about. The first thing that you need to realize is that this mark will be implemented after the Rapture. Since the Rapture has not happened yet, you have not received this mark.

If you miss the Rapture (because you did not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior), you will be in danger of receiving this mark. When the time comes, everyone will be under great pressure to receive the mark, because unless you have it, you will not be able to buy or sell.

Those living during the Tribulation Period will know that they have a choice. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior during the Tribulation Period will know that the time has come for them to make a choice. Either reject their salvation and accept the mark or reject the mark and possibly be given the death sentence.

Either way, you will never unintentionally receive this mark. When the time comes, you will know that you are receiving the mark of the Beast.

How Can This Be Implemented?

It is very easy to place a mark on the hand or on the forehead. In fact this could very easily be faked. However, there is already something in the market that will probably be used. The mark will only be used to indicate that the person has already received this object.

This is the planting of a microchip under the skin of the person. This was first used to identify animals. It has been very successful. To read more about this go to MicrochipID. Now it is being used for medical purposes. In fact, the technology is already here to implant microchips in humans for a multitude of purposes.

Do you see how easy it is going to be for the Beast to require everyone to be implanted with a microchip as an identifying tool? The technology is already here.

The Signs of the Times

The world is rapidly being conditioned to accept such a device and mark. We are rapidly becoming a cashless society. It is becoming easier and easier to simply use a credit or debit card instead of carrying around cash. In fact, almost every commercial establishment is already accepting these cards.

But how many of these cards are being stolen and being used by unauthorized people? How can we keep unauthorized people from using our own credit or debit card? The world is saying that is very easy to steal someone’s credit card or even their identity. However, if you are implanted with an ID chip that matched your card, no one except you could use that card.

How much easier would it be to just have your credit or debit information imbedded into the microchip implanted in you. You would not have to even carry a card and so nothing could be stolen. See how easy it will be for the Beast to get people to accept his mark?

You Do Not Have To Be Concerned About Receiving This Mark

If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior right now, you never have to be concerned about receiving this mark of the Beast. If you receive salvation right now, you will be raptured before people will be required to receive the mark of the Beast. Remember, the Beast (the Antichrist) will have to be in power before this mark can be implemented. To find out how, go to How To Live Forever.

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