CALLING FOR WISDOM: The Meaning of 666 and the Mark of the Beast

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In all my spiritual writings, I have sought to show how the primary purpose of this creation is to demonstrate the superiority and omnipotence of God on the one hand, and the foolishness and limitations of His human creatures on the other. Recognising this is what differentiates the disciples of Christ from the typical narcissistic person who scoffs at Him. This little essay about the number 666 and the “mark of the beast” brings that differentiation into even sharper focus. For if you want a symbol of the failed achievements of humanity, it is certainly summed up in the number 666, as we will see. It is well worth going into this in some depth, because even many who are unfamiliar with Christ or the Bible have heard about this number as having something to do with darkness, evil or Satan, through having seen a number of horror movies in which this symbol is liberally used. It has even been suggested recently that the numerology of the Coronavirus adds up to 666! So, in view of the topicality, the question I am seeking to answer here is this: What is the most likely root meaning of this number 666 and the “mark of the beast” that is intimately associated with it”?

The Difference Between 6 and 7 in the Bible

In the Bible, the number seven is often used as a symbol of completion or Divine perfection. This is first and foremost because, in the Genesis narrative, God is said to have completed the creation in seven days. Correspondingly, the seventh day was set apart for Israel as a “sabbath”. In the Book of Revelation, where our text about the number 666 and the phrase “the mark of the beast” occurs, there are seven letters to seven churches in Asia and seven spirits before the throne of God (chapter 1, verse 4), seven golden lampstands (chapter 1, verse 12), seven stars in Christ’s right hand (chapter 1, verse 16), seven seals of God’s judgment (chapter 5, verse 1), seven angels with seven trumpets (chapter 8, verse 2). Thus, it is clear that the number seven symbolises the idea of Divine completion and the perfection of the Divine plan. Then, also in the Book of Revelation, we are told that 666 is “man’s number” — the number corresponding to humanity. Exactly. To quote the verse:

“This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number, and his number is 666”. [1]

It is also said in the same context to be “the mark of the beast, that is, his name or the number of his name”.[2] To what does that refer? What is this 666 business all about? Let’s crack it wide open…

Earlier in that same thirteenth chapter in the prophetic and apocalyptic Book of Revelation, two beasts with total influence over the world are mentioned. Interpretatively, they are two different aspects of the same character; namely, the Antichrist. First, there is a beast “coming up out of the sea”,[3] and it is said that “the dragon gave the beast his power, his throne, and great authority to rule”.[4] Now we know that this “dragon” symbolises the fallen archangel, Satan, in the Book of Revelation because John tells us so in a later chapter in the same book: “…the dragon — the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan”.[5] From the context, and knowing how John uses Old Testament imagery throughout his book (which I will go into below), the first beast that he depicts plainly represents the corrupt human political and governmental world-system controlled by the ruler of darkness, the fallen archangel, Satan. Then there is a second beast mentioned as “coming up from the earth”,[6] which in its context is shown to represent the religious system of the world which is also said there to be “speaking like a dragon”, i.e. it is satanically-inspired, for we already know that the dragon is Satan.

This second beast representing antichrist religion is completely synonymous with what is described elsewhere in the Book of Revelation as “the false prophet”,[7] for he is essentially the publicist and PR representative for the Antichrist by performing alleged miracles, or “lying wonders” as they are called by Paul in a parallel passage.[8] This satanic “double-beastness” involving a coalition between a one-world government and corrupt global religion is the culmination of the entire thrust of humanity in its hubristic, narcissistic outburst on a political and religious level against Christ and the true Divine. When we take these two beasts in parallel with the section about the “man of lawlessness” in Paul’s second letter to the church in Thessalonica, we can see that what we can call beast-government and beast-religion are amalgamated into the revealing of the Antichrist, as the final culmination of them both, who demands worship by putting himself “above every so-called god or object of worship”.[9] Corroborating that, at the end of his chapter about the two beasts, John himself simply refers to them both as one unified beast when he refers to “the beast’s number”, which he then reveals to be identical to “man’s number”: 666. The fact is that all government is beast-government and has been through all empires down the ages. It will culminate in the final one-world government which will be the crowning point of the Beast in history.

The imagery in that thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation is rooted in the seventh chapter in the prophecy of Daniel in the Old Testament. There we read about four beasts (kingdoms) which “come up from the sea”; but later in that chapter those same beasts are also referred to as “arising from the earth”. Thus, “sea” and “earth” in that prophetic context are interchangeable. The word “sea” in Old Testament prophetic imagery generally refers to “the gentile nations” in the tempestuous turmoil of their warrings and carryings-on, while “the earth” simply refers to what is happening in the world generally. So the beast from the sea and the beast out of the earth in the thirteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation are not really two completely different beasts but they are used as a literary-prophetic device to describe the two principal aspects of satanic influence on this earth: a) politics/government and b) religion — both of which will accrue in evil and culminate in the revealing of the Antichrist at the end of this aeon. For, as I have already shown in many writings, the Antichrist who will head-up the one-world government towards which this world is moving will not merely be a political figure but a religious one too, thus amalgamating the two beast aspects, who will present himself deceivingly to the world as if he was Christ, the Messiah and long-awaited World-Teacher of all religions, e.g. the Mahdi of Islam, as well as New Age neo-gnostics longed-for Maitreya. Many gullible Jews will receive the Antichrist as their awaited Messiah (as they did not receive the true Christ when He came the first time) and the rest of the unbelieving world will see him as a global leader to unite humanity and bring about an alleged “golden age of peace, prosperity and spiritual advancement on the next stage of evolution” (as I have heard it said).

Thus, in his book of “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (the real title, taken from its opening words), John identifies fallen humanity as being under the power of the fallen archangel, Satan (as he also did in his first letter when he wrote, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one”),[10] through the twin-pincer movement of anti-theistic politics and religion, which will find its climax in the global acceptance of the satanically-inspired Antichrist, the apex of the Beast and, indeed, of humanity. However, ultimately it is all a useless display of dark pseudo-power, as history will prove. This is why the number of the beast (whether seen as government, religion or the Antichrist) has to be 666. In spite of all the pretended divinity of both Satan and hubristic godless humanity, this number of 666 is a symbol of imperfection as demonstrated in comparison to God, who is contextually 777. As written earlier, seven is considered to be the symbolic number of completeness and perfection in the Bible, as God is said to have completed the creation in seven days. While six is considered symbolically to be “man’s number”, as humans are notably said to have been created “on the sixth day”. Thus, in biblical symbology, the creature is always six and the Creator is inevitably seven. Six will logically always fall short of seven. All the satanic force in the world cannot change that. All those eastern mystical, New Age, neo-gnostic people trying to become God, imagining their “personal divinity”, attempting “God-Realization” of themselves through religious practices (while scoffing at the prophecy of the Bible and dismissing the historical Christ as a mythological or symbolic figure), are doomed to failure. For they are six and He is seven. That is the way it will always be. 666 is, as the text says, “man’s number” as opposed to God’s number, which is 777. But we are only just beginning: There is much more to say about all this…

The Key to the Book of Revelation is Found in Old Testament Imagery

At the end of this present aeon, the human ego will have come to its head in multiple narcissistic ways; and already we see the beginnings of this all running rampant around us today. This is where “the mark of the beast” comes into the equation. You may at this point ask, “So what is the mark of the beast which everyone has to receive on their hands and foreheads?” which is also referred to in that thirteenth chapter of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. There we are told that the beast “caused everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast”.[11] This is where it is necessary to understand the tapestry of the Old Testament which forms the background to the Book of Revelation and without which the Book of Revelation cannot be understood. In other words, it is useless to try and interpret the Book of Revelation outside of the context of the Old Testament, as the former is absolutely full of the imagery used in the latter — deliberately so. Very many people have come up with their own wacky interpretations of the Book of Revelation because they have ignored the book’s Old Testament foundations. They interpreted it eisegetically (reading their own biases into it) rather than exegetically (interpreting it according to its original intentions and contexts). An example of this cavalier approach to the book is the Jehovah’s Witnesses literalist idea that the 144,000 people mentioned as having been “redeemed from the earth” refers solely to that exact number of Jehovah’s Witnesses! They ignore completely the symbolic nature of that number, as exemplified in the description of the “new Jerusalem” (symbol of the perfected disciples of Christ in the renewed heavens and earth) having “the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel written on the gates” and “the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” on the foundations.[12] The number 1000 is representative of an indeterminate large number. Thus, the 144,000 is a symbolic figure, 12 x 12 x 1000, representing the full number of all of the disciples of Christ, from both Jewish and gentile origins.

The Book of Revelation is a book of apocalyptic prophecy concerning Christ and human/cosmic destiny which is absolutely rooted in Old Testament prophetic imagery. To take no account of that goes completely against John’s intentions, as well as being a betrayal of Christ, whom the book is said to reveal in its very first words:

“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it clear by sending his angel to his servant John, who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ”.[13]

Therefore, any interpretation of this book, or any part of it, which does not place the Christ at its centre will be false. For the whole book is a series of seven vast visions — which run parallel, from different standpoints — about Christ’s work from creation to the final trumpet at the end of the age. (In fact, the whole of the last two thousand years since Christ have simply been prophecy playing itself out as this civilisation is wound up as it comes to its inevitable hubristic conclusion). Thus, any interpretation of this book which does not place it in the context of Old Testament imagery will be false. So, when the Book of Revelation speaks of everyone having to take “a mark on their right hand or on their forehead”, one has to ask the all-important question, “Where in the Old Testament does such an image occur and in what context?” When we look there, we discover a passage in which Israel is told by God to take all His words to heart in this manner:

 “Therefore, you shall lay up these My words in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes”.[14]

This same idea is repeated four times in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. In other words, the image of a mark put on your hand and forehead symbolised something which is passionately believed by a person in their heart and soul. It is primarily symbolic rather than literal — inward rather than outward. Maybe it was taken at the time as something which could be done literally as a kind of rite to bring home the idea behind it. But if the meaning was not grasped by the heart and mind and acted out in daily life, then it would be a dead ritual. Now the Jews eventually came to take that Old Testament command purely literally, as a form of superstition. So they wear, even today, little black boxes containing physical scrolls of words from God in the Bible, known as phylacteries or tephillin, on their arm and forehead, imagining that to be spiritual (see diagrams, below, for detailed religious instructions). Jesus actually ridiculed the Scribes and Pharisees for parading themselves around in these boxes as religious ostentation: “They do all their works so as to be seen by people. For they widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels”.[15] They were obviously by then using big fat boxes, imagining that the bigger the box the more religious kudos they would get. The word translated as “phylacteries” is an anglicisation of the Greek word, φυλακτήριον, phulacterion. These were by then even being used by the Jews as amulets to ward off evil spirits — a sure sign of the way that hypocrisy, religion, and a lack of spirituality will always degenerate into empty works. What started off as a literalistic religious ritual (instead of having God’s words in their minds and hearts) eventually became a mere superstition. No wonder Christ put them in their place in front of everyone. Hypocrisy should always be exposed, preferably and primarily by self-examination; for if we do not root out the hypocrisy in ourselves, God will do it for us — a far more painful solution.

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So, instead of having God’s words embedded in their hearts, thereby becoming more godly and spiritual, that inner practice morphed into an outward ritual which became a mere show of religion. Talk about missing the point completely! For this turns spirituality of the heart into a dead religious exercise. The instructions on how to wear the tephillin are so detailed in precision that it must be very difficult to know you’ve got it right! The one on the arm is supposed to correspond physically to the heart if the arm is placed by one’s side. But if you don’t have God’s words in your heart from a spiritual standpoint, then no amount of positioning of those little boxes is going to make any difference whatsoever. Jewish rabbinical teaching states:

“So great is the mitzvah of tefillin that whoever wears them will live a long life… and Raba said that all who wear tefillin and wrap themselves with a tallis, and say the Shema and pray are promised a place in Olam Haba [the world to come]… Abaye said that the fires of Gehinom [hell] will not affect him… Rav Papa said that all of his sins are forgiven”.

This demonstrates the importance of comprehending the difference between literalism and symbolism. In this case, such comprehension makes all the difference between a) having God’s words in your heart and mind and whole being and living them for real and b) merely plonking a couple of scroll-filled boxes on your body, to no effect except that of superstition. The difference between life and death, in fact, spiritually speaking. This outlines the satanic nature of religion as opposed to true spirituality. All that effort put into performing a mere empty ritual. This is why the archons/demons love it when we engage in religious rituals. They go nowhere but into the darkness with a blindfold on the eyes.

The Mark of the Beast Cannot Possibly Be a Microchip

In similar vein, there are those today who tell us that the mark of the beast being put on people’s arms and heads in the Endtimes is a literal mark of some kind. A common idea these days is to say that the mark of the beast will be a microchip inserted in the arm and/or head. Not long ago, it was suggested that the markings of a barcode would be placed on the arms and heads of the people. Now, apparently, it’s a chip. So many are continually looking for literal marks and thus missing the point entirely. As far as I can see (and in the spirit of the Old Testament precedent about having a sign and mark on your hand and forehead), people who have the mark of the beast in the Endtimes are those who align themselves with and take onboard the false narrative and evil actions of the double-beast. They will give their heart and soul to the “spirit of the Antichrist” and to the person and philosophy of the Antichrist himself, for that is what is required of them by him. This is what it means to receive the mark of the beast. Satan will have marked them symbolically, in their minds and hearts, like a dog marks a tree or a post with its foul-smelling urine.

It may well be that those disciples of Christ who refuse to believe the propaganda of the Antichrist and would never take on board the “spirit of the Antichrist” will be excluded from normal society and find themselves ostracised to the extent that they cannot even engage in financial transactions or trading. That is certainly the implication of this verse: “Thus no one was allowed to buy or sell things unless he bore the mark of the beast — that is, his name or his number”.[16] Nevertheless, the mark of the beast on your arm and forehead involves the actions of serving antichrist and wallowing in the 666ness of fallen man rather than anything literal. Those who want to make it a literal mark, like a microchip, rather than a symbolic one, are dwelling in the same territory as those who advocate the wearing of tephillin rather than living for real God’s words of Love and Truth in one’s mind and heart and in one’s life. The genuine disciple of Christ and follower of His Light will never involve him or herself in either of those actions, for s/he longs to be united with 777. As John states:

“I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand”.[17]

So those who refuse to have the mark of the beast will plainly be martyrs for the light of Christ, killed by the Antichrist “beast” one-world government. The ones who had been martyred “because of the testimony about Jesus” are the same ones who had “not worshipped the beast” and had “refused to receive the mark of the beast on their forehead”. So the mark of the beast cannot possibly be anything like a mere physical microchip. Let me further prove to you why that is so. What if a God-hating, Christ-denying atheist refuses to have the chip in his or her body on the grounds that it “infringes his or her freedom”? Does that mean that they are now the same as a disciple of Christ and follower of His Light and will go into the “new heaven and new earth” simply because they refused a microchip? Of course not! For, as we see in the text above, to not receive the mark of the beast and to refuse to worship the image of the beast is the exclusive province of those who have “the testimony about Jesus” and “the word of God” in their hearts.[18] This surely proves absolutely that “the mark of the beast” cannot primarily be a physical mark but is instead a darkly spiritual one. To have the mark of the beast means to have “the spirit of the Antichrist” in one’s heart rather than taking a chip in one’s arm. Thus, one can refuse a microchip yet still have the mark of the beast! Are you understanding the logic here?

To prove this further, what if a faithful disciple of Christ is physically forced to have a microchip inserted bodily against his or her will? Would that mean exclusion from the resurrection to life and having any part in the reconstituted heavens and earth at the end of this age? Of course not! Receiving the mark of the beast is clarified in another verse speaking of Divine judgement:

“So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then ugly and painful sores appeared on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image”.[19]

We can see here that receiving the mark of the beast is synonymous with “worshipping” the image of the beast. To refuse to receive the mark of the beast is to refuse to worship any aspect of the satanically-inspired Antichrist or partake in his spirit (which, ultimately, only disciples of Christ will refuse to do). One doesn’t need to wait for a certain point in history to do that. It is not by refusing a computer chip in our hand or head that we refuse to partake in the Antichrist system or “the spirit of the Antichrist”, for partaking in that system involves far more than a mere chip insertion. There are plenty of anti-government people who would refuse to have a chip inserted in their arm or head by the state who are not the servants of Christ but in many other aspects of their lives are slaves of Satan! They would just be refusing a chip because of their political beliefs or ideals, not because of any discipleship of, or love for, the Light of Christ (unless their experience of beast-government and the “spirit of the Antichrist” encourages them to become disciples, which I firmly believe will happen to many as they begin to see all these prophecies coming to pass). Therefore, refusing an electronic chip cannot possibly be the meaning of this Bible text about refusing the mark of the beast! To refuse the mark of the beast is to place oneself outside Satan’s world-system through faithfulness to the Light of Christ. It means becoming a complete counterculture pariah and outcast for the sake of that Light in a world ruled by a government which operates in the “spirit of the Antichrist” and in the power of darkness. Only disciples of Christ are genuinely able to do that or are even motivated to do so. It is for this reason that all those throughout history who are the disciples of the Christ (the symbolic 144,000 in the Book of Revelation) are described at the beginning of the fourteenth chapter in that book as having Christ’s name and his Father’s name “written on their foreheads” as a kind of seal. This is plainly a deliberate contrast to those who have the “mark of the beast…on their right hand or on their forehead”. A person can only have one or the other. One is either ‘marked’ by Satan or “sealed” by Christ.

Refusing the Mark of the Beast Right Now!

So, to sum up, receiving the mark of the beast refers to the acceptance of the “spirit of the Antichrist” and buying into the authority of the Antichrist himself. As for the number, 666, the Bible clearly states that it is “man’s number” — a symbol of the fact that human beings can never be God for they will always fall short of 777, the symbol for divinity. In the spirit of usurpation, the Antichrist will set himself up and present himself as if he was 777, the Divine Christ, but it will all be a chimera of his own making, a counterfeit, an illusion, believed only by those who have the mark of the beast — that is, those who revere the Antichrist and live according to his spirit of desolation. Surely, those who now and in the future oppose the very idea of an implantable microchip by a wicked despotic government should go on to see that the basis of all this is part of the prophesied “spirit of the Antichrist” and then align themselves with the disciples of the Christ, who will return in a cosmic blaze of glory to bring darkness and evil to an end and usher in the new aeon through a completely renewed cosmos on another dimension altogether!

So, 666 is the number of humanity, of which no member can raise their status to 777, which is the number of God. 666 represents created beings. 777 represents the perfect Creator. A created being can never become the Creator. To receive the “mark of the beast” represents giving oneself over completely to the “spirit of the Antichrist”. It is a spiritual rather than a literal or physical “mark”. Understanding this is of life-changing significance.

Here is a fact: One does not need to wait for microchips to be inserted into one’s body in order to be able to refuse the mark of the beast. We can start doing that right now, by refusing to be part of anything which uses false authority, or which propagates false religion. In the times to come, we will see the stealthy establishment of a one-world government whose sole purpose is a demonstration of human power and an opposition to Divine law. A great many will be fooled by this, naively imagining that it is being enacted for their peace and security. If one examines planetary developments perceptively, one will see that even now the way is being paved incrementally for that one-world “beast” government. Then will be revealed the evil one who will lead it,

“…whose coming is energetically worked by Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with every kind of evil deception towards those who are perishing because they did not receive the love of the truth by which they might be saved. And for this reason, God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie”.[20]

That is a terrible lesson right there. It shows how the more one hardens one’s heart to the fullness of truth and believes the lie, the more one will be alienated from the Divine being. It works the other way too: The more one opens one’s heart to truth, the less one will be alienated from the Divine being.

Any study of the Book of Revelation in relation to what will come to pass on this earth will be fruitless unless it takes into account that the sole purpose of the book is to reveal the nature and purpose of the Christ rather than to provide us with off-the-peg sensationalist notions about barcodes and microchips. To refuse to have a microchip inserted into your body by an evil governmental authority which is usurping Divine power may well be a laudable act of courage. But it is of no lasting significance unless one also refuses to take the real mark of the beast, which involves a rejection of satanic darkness and the “spirit of the Antichrist” through faithfulness to the Light of Christ in the whole of one’s life.

 

Endnotes

[1] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 18.

[2] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 17.

[3] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 1.

[4] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 2.

[5] Book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 2.

[6] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 11.

[7] Book of Revelation, chapter 16, verse 13; chapter 19, verse 20; chapter 20, verse 10.

[8] Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 9.

[9] Second. Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 4.

[10] First Letter of John, chapter 5, verse 19.

[11] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 16-17.

[12] Book of Revelation, chapter 21, verses 9-14.

[13] Book of Revelation, chapter 1, verses 1-2.

[14] Deuteronomy, chapter 11, verse 18.

[15] Gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 5. Warning: Do not ever cross religious people unless you are ready for the fallout, which will be epic! They will have your guts for garters one way or another. 😉

[16] Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verse 17.

[17] Book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 4.

[18] Book of Revelation, chapter 20, verses 8-9.

[19] Book of Revelation, chapter 16, verse 2.

[20] Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 9-11.

 

© Alan Morrison, 2020

One thought on “CALLING FOR WISDOM: The Meaning of 666 and the Mark of the Beast

    djsbzbee said:
    Apr 10, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    There were a number of places where I wanted to shout out See! See! Hear! Hear! in concurrence. I believe you are exactly right. Finished my own year-long perusal of The Revelation of Jesus Christ about four years ago. Just a little added richness to the ideas of numbers, 10x10x10 is the same as ten cubed which represents Height, Width and Depth which is the same as everything contained within the parameters of time, space and matter: the perfect or appointed amount of whatever is being measured. 🙂
    The other thing I sensed about the Mark of the Beast in what you were saying about it being what is in possession of your mind is how Paul concurs in 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12. Verse 9…”The coming of the lawless one is according to the work of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them a strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” It truly is about what is in possession of our minds.
    Loving the truth will protect our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. This is how He receives glory from us and how we behold His glory. He is in charge of the storm. He walks on water. He gives us strength into the fourth watch of the night. (Mark 6) We don’t fully comprehend what He is doing but He is “passing by us” to show us His glory as if we have not comprehended anything until now. We can see His glory and we can hear His voice. What more of mercy and grace could we want? These are perilous times, but He will keep those who love His truth!

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