Our Daily Bread: Revelation 13 Study: Days of Deception Part 3 The Mark of The Beast...
With the Days of Deception upon us we need to understand one thing: good theology leads to good behaviors. The Mark of the Beast is a hot topic among all religious leaders of our present times even false teachers love to deceive you on this. It’s all part of Satan’s deceptive game to mislead and divide Christians on the basis of their faith. To understand the mark of the beast we must understand the numerical values and equivalents to words, names or even phrases. I had to study this over and over again until I was hit with the light of understanding.
After hours of my own research and coming to my own understanding with our Father is heaven. I believe it’s safe to say that it's a real good possibility John was speaking in code when referencing 666. Now I don’t want to spoil everything before the study, but here is one thing to keep in mind when you begin my study. The number six is used for falling short of YHWH (God), the number 7 means fullness and completion like our 7 days of the week. Next the number eight is for eschatological perfection, a superabundance of fullness!!! The number 666 definitely represents something bad, and it could signify a few things. One an actual mark, a system that is fully tyrannical down to Satan himself who will rise as a one world leader someday in the future. The world did not accept the real Christ when he was crucified but the world will accept the Antichrist in the end times!!!
-JPCE Spiritual Talk
MARK: χάραγμαcháragma, khar'-ag-mah; from the same as G5482; a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or scupltured figure (statue):—graven, mark.
BABYLON: Βαβυλών Babylṓn, bab-oo-lone'; of Hebrew origin (H894); Babylon, the capitol of Chaldæa (literally or figuratively (AS A TYPE OF TYRANNY):—Babylon.
Revelation 13:1-9: The Beast Against the Saints
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 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? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kinds, tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
13:1-2: The beast (monster) rising up out of the sea, a composite of the four beasts that is mentioned in Daniel 7, is the epitome of worldly kingdoms opposed to YHWH and His Kingdom...For John, this was the Roman Empire: a monstrous creature with ten horns (very powerful), seven heads (the emperors), ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name (emperors who assumed titles of divinity such as Lord and God, Savior, Son of God, ect)... Take a look at Revelation 5:12-14, we see a parody , where the sanctified Lamb is enthroned, the beast is given power, not to bless the Church but to persecute it...One of the heads of this monster was as though it had been slaughtered to death (the Greek text), and is another parody of the Lamb which was standing even though it had been slain (Revelation 5:6)...The deadly wound might refer to the mad emperor Nero’s death (inflicted by a slit in the throat in the manner of temple sacrifice)...For despite his death in AD 68, the empire lived on, revived under Vespasian...Many believed Nero himself would rise from the dead...Domitian (AD 81-96, the emperor at the time of the writing of Revelation) was considered to be Nero reincarnation because of his cruelty surpassed Nero’s...Christian tradition has also seen the beast as an image of the Antichrist, the false messiah who presents himself in the last times as God incarnate and is accepted by the world (John 5:43; 2 Th 1:12; 1 John 2:18) Since there are many antichrists, there may be more than one application of the beast FIGURE or SYSTEM…
Daniel 7: http://bib.ly/Da7.NKJV
Revelations 5:12-14: http://bib.ly/Re5.12-14.NKJV
Revelation 5:6: http://bib.ly/Re5.6.NKJV
John 5:43: http://bib.ly/Jn5.43.NKJV
2 Thessalonians 1:12: http://bib.ly/2Th1.12.NKJV
1 John 2:18: http://bib.ly/1Jo2.18.NKJV
13:4: People worshipped the dragon, (Satan), for it had given authority to the beast (a reference to emperor worship, which Domitian ruthlessly enforced)...”Who is like the beast? Is an allusion to Michael the Archangel, whose name means “Who is like God?” it is also a parody of God, the incomparable (Ex 15:11; Ps 88:7)...Citizens are awed by the power and authority of the empire…
Exodus 15:11: http://bib.ly/Ex15.11.NKJV
Psalm 88:7: http://bib.ly/Ps88.7.NKJV
13:5: Forty-two months: is the final period of apocalyptic conflict...it is one half of seven years, not the final end of things… Thus, the nations trample over the holy city for three and half years (Revelation 11:2); the TWO WITNESSES will prophesy for three and half years (Revelation 11:3); they are left unburied for three and half days (Revelation 11:9-11); the woman is protected in the wilderness for three and a half years (Revelation 12:6, 14)...Nero’s persecution lasted approximately forty-two months…
13:6: The beast, the Roman Empire, utters blasphemy against God, for the emperor came to see himself as god...Domitian demanded to be called divine, and on Roman coins divine titles were associated with the likenesses of deceased emperors...The tabernacle is YHWH’s Church; those who dwell in heaven, the angels and glorified saints...Christians saw emperor worship as worship of Satan; it is the ultimate offense against the Lord our God that His creatures would worship earthly authority, itself under demonic rule...Nevertheless, by YAHWEH's permission, the Antichrist rules over the whole earth and apparently vanquishes the Church…
13:10: Better rendered “he who is destined for captivity”, “he who is destined for the sword”, directed to Christians facing persecution (Jeremiah 15:2)...
Jeremiah 15:2: http://bib.ly/Je15.2.NKJV
13:11-12: The beast which rose out of the earth with two horns (power) like a lamb (Christ, gentle and giving), and which spoke like a dragon (Satan, whose speech is seductive), is worldly religion...Its minister of propaganda, so to speak, mimics John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit: a false prophet ( see Revelation 16:13, Revelation 19:20, Revelation 20:10, and Daniel 7:8) calling all to worship the first beast (false divinity)...This monster completes the unholy triumvirate: dragon (Satan, false god) beast from the sea (worldly authority and power, false Incarnation), and the beast from the earth (worldly religion, false prophet): a blasphemous parody of the Holy Trinity…
Revelation 19:20: http://bib.ly/Re19.20.NKJV
Revelation 20:10: http://bib.ly/Re20.10.NKJV
Daniel 7:8: http://bib.ly/Da7.8.NKJV
13:13-15: With a parody of Pentecost, this monstrous cult leader is able to make fire come down from heaven on the earth by means of deception and sorcery, different world Governments including ours have been putting all kinds cool stuff in place over the years, let that sink in…(see Matthew 24:24; Acts 13:6-12; and the Didache 16:3-4) luring people into making an image of the beast (v. 14; the goddess of Rome or the emperor)...Statues were often brought to life by sorcery...Irenaeus, Clement, Justin, and Eusebius note that the sorcerer Simon Magus (Acts 8:9-24) used illusion and occult practices to make idols seem alive...This beast is able to enforce the sentence of death on those who will not worship him (see Nebuchadnezzar’s statue in Daniel 3)...
Matthew 24:24: http://bib.ly/Mt24.24.NKJV
Acts 13:6-12: http://bib.ly/Ac13.6-12.NKJV
The Didache: http://www.orthodox.cn/patristics/apostolicfathers/didache_en.htm
Acts 8:9-24: http://bib.ly/Ac8.9-24.NKJV
13:16-17: A parody of YHWH’s seal of Revelation 7:3, even alluding to the Hebrew phylactery of Deuteronomy 6:8-Where YHWH’s Law is kept on the forehead and the left hand-and to chrismation (but not the same word as sealed)...The mark is gained by worshipping the beast (v. 17); it signifies the beast is the owner of those who wear it-their protector and the one to whom they owe their livelihoods...The mark is not necessarily a visible and physical mark on the person, but is required to do business...There is then an economic bias against those who do not bear the mark (the faithful who will not render demonic worship to the STATE, Government or political system, I have mentioned this before many times…
Deuteronomy 6:8: http://bib.ly/Dt6.8.NKJV
13:18: The letters of the alphabet were used as numbers in ancient times (Roman numerals)...So, the numerical value of names could easily be calculated…”The name of the beast (v.17) is the numerical equivalent of the letters of the name of a man (some texts read “616” instead of the well-known 666)...John may be purposefully enigmatic, using a secret code to protect against a charge of sedition… This passage is is always misunderstood by many including myself, but the Word of YHWH’s says for this part it requires wisdom and understanding...The Bible says the number six represents falling short, incompleteness, imperfection; while seven on the other hand represents, perfection, fullness, completion; eight, for eschatological perfection, a superabundance of fullness (2 Enoch 33:1)...The sixth day, Friday, is the day of preparation; the seventh, the Sabbath, Saturday, a picture of the rest to come; the eighth day, Sunday, the day of Resurrection, the final establishment of YHWH’s Kingdom...The numerical equivalent of Yeshua (Jesus) in Greek is 888...The numerical equivalent of ‘Nero Caesar” transliterated from Greek to Hebrew is 666, meaning the epitome of created inadequacy...The numerical equivalent of “Nero Caesar” transliterated from Latin into Hebrew is 616...if John were referring to Domitian, whom some considered to be Nero reincarnated, it would be safer to refer not to the present persecutor but to one long gone...Some believers see that 666 is a symbol rather than a cryptogram, falling short of perfection in each of its digits; failure upon failure upon failure, an evil trinity which always falls short of the Holy Trinity (777)...Many have attempted to identify 666, but writing only one hundred years after John, St. Irenaeus had no idea to whom John was referring!!!
2 Enoch 33:1: https://www.ccel.org/c/charles/otpseudepig/enoch/ENOCH_1.HTM