[Here is another extract from the book on which I am currently working, entitled “The Meaning of Apocalypse: A Primer on the Book of Revelation”. The whole book stands so far at 252 pages in large-format paperback size containing almost 90,000 words. It is probably about half-finished. I cannot begin to tell you what the deep study of the Book of Revelation has worked in my soul. This has been a life-changing enterprise. Epiphanies have been exploding in my brain. Certain aspects of my life will never be the same again. Such is the dynamic nature of that Book of Revelation. Anyway, I here present you with this little ‘taster’ from my book, which is about ‘the mark of the beast’ and the number 666. I hope it whets your appetite to read more. I am presenting this extract to you because I believe that the text about the mark of the beast and the number 666 has been hugely misrepresented. If you think you’ve read this before, you haven’t. I did write something about this some years back, but this is considerably more full and contextualised into my book. When the book is complete, it will be placed on this blog free of charge in a nicely designed eBook. Meanwhile, please read on below, and I hope that it resonates with your spirit. I think you may be surprised by its contents.]
AS WE HAVE SEEN EARLIER IN THIS VAST CHAPTER, 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 being used as a symbolic literary-prophetic device to describe the two principal characteristics in the building of the satanic empire on this earth. Thus, the first beast out of the sea involves the realm of politics, government, and empire; and the second beast out of the earth involves the world of religion — both of which will accrue in evil throughout the age and will culminate in the revealing of the Antichrist at the end of this aeon. As I said earlier, the reason that we know it is really just one beast — two in one, so to speak — is because at the end of chapter 13, John says, “Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast”. “THE” beast. There is just one beast whose number needs calculating. Thus, the use of two beasts earlier in the chapter is simply a way of characterising the beast and revealing its full nature. 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 quasi-religious one too, thus amalgamating the two beast aspects in one. Together, one-world government and one-world religion (which we looked at in detail in the previous section) are forging the satanic empire stage by stage throughout this age.
So, regarding the text that we are examining in this section, here it is:
“And the second beast required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark—the name of the beast or the number of its name. Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, and that number is 666”.Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 16-18
Before we begin to open up the meaning of ‘the mark of the beast’, let’s first get the meaning of the number 666 out of the way. 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 totally unfamiliar with the Book of Revelation have heard about this number as having something to do with darkness, evil, the Antichrist, 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 a certain recent virus adds up to 666! So, in view of the (often bizarre) topicality of this number, the question I am seeking to answer here is this: What is the most likely root meaning of this number 666? After that, I will set out to identify correctly ‘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 of Divine perfection. This is first and foremost because, in the Genesis narrative, God is said to have rested on the seventh day, thus denoting the completion of His creation. Correspondingly, one day in seven was set apart for Israel by God as a “sabbath” of rest. In the Book of Revelation, in which our text about the number 666 and the phrase ‘the mark of the beast’ occur, 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 management of the cosmos throughout this age (chapter 5, verse 1), and seven angels appointed by God to sound seven trumpets (chapter 8, verse 2). We have already identified the various meanings of all those symbols earlier in the book. These are all symbols of Divine workings which He uses to achieve the completion of His plan of the ages to oust Satan from his usurped kingdom and bring it back under the Kingship of the Christ. Thus, it is clear that the number seven symbolises the idea of Divine completion and the perfection of the Divine plan. Then also here in our text, we are told that 666 is “man’s number” — the number corresponding to humankind. Exactly so. [SIDENOTE: I am in no doubt, along with a great many others, that the correct translation here is “the number of man” (in the sense of the entirety of humankind) rather than “the number of a man”, which thus gives rise to endless and hopeless attempts to identify the one particular man to which 666 could apply. The same Koine Greek word is used in the same way to refer to the whole of humankind in chapter 16, verse 18, when he says, “there were flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder, and a great earthquake the likes of which had not occurred since man was upon the earth”. Thus, I think there can be no doubt that 666 is “man’s number” as a whole, rather than a number pertaining to just one man.]
This is spelled out, literally, in the three Greek symbols for 600, 60 and 6 (see image, above). “This calls for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, and that number is 666”. 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”. To what does that refer? And what could all this 666 business be about?
At the end of the chapter about the two beasts (chapter 13, verse 18), John himself simply refers to them both as one unified beast when he speaks about calculating “the beast’s number”, which he then reveals to be identical to “man’s number”: 666. Small wonder, for both the beast and humanity can never be 777, which is the sole province of God. The fact is that all government which is not dedicated to the Christ is ‘beast-government’ and it has been through all empires down the ages. It will culminate in the final one-world government under the Antichrist, which will be the crowning point of the beast in history. The beast in all its guises represents both the attempted satanic kingdom and, ultimately, the Antichrist who will head it up as Satan’s man on earth.
Thus, in his book concerning “The Revelation (or Apocalypse) of Jesus Christ” (which, you will remember, is the full title of The Book), the apostle John identifies fallen humanity as being under the power of the fallen archangel, Satan — as he also did in his first letter when he explicitly wrote, “the whole world is under the power of the evil one ” (First Letter of John, chapter 5, verse 19) — through the twin-pincer movement of corrupt politics and global false religion, which will find its climax in the worldwide acceptance of the satanically-inspired Antichrist, the apex of the beast and, indeed, the pinnacle of human achievement. 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 in its guises as government, religion, or the Antichrist) has to be 666.
In spite of all the pretended divinity, the foolish playing at being God, of both Satan and hubristic godless humanity, this number 666 is a classic symbol of imperfection as demonstrated in comparison to God, who is perpetually 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 rested on the seventh day denoting the completion of His creation. Six is considered symbolically to be “man’s number”, as humans are notably said in the Genesis narrative to have been created “on the sixth day”. Thus, in biblical symbology, the creature is destined to be six and the Creator is inevitably seven. In a nutshell, six will logically always fall short of seven. All the satanic or humanistic 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 prophecies of the Bible and dismissing the historical Christ as a mythological or symbolic figure), are doomed to failure on their never-ending unachievable quest for an imagined ‘enlightenment’. For humans are six and God 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.
The Satanic Triumvirate
There is also a triumvirate aspect here. For just as the Father sent the Son to earth (see, for example, Gospel of John, chapter 5, verse 30; chapter 12, verse 45; chapter 16, verse 5), so the symbolic dragon (identified as Satan) is said to empower the beast and set him up on earth as his representative (Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 2 & 4). Coupled with that, the Holy Spirit has been sent to testify about Christ and glorify Him (Gospel of John, chapter 15, verse 26; chapter 16, verse 14), while the second beast (aka “the false prophet”) is said to glorify the Antichrist through deception and worship (Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 12-14). So there is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Correspondingly, there is the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. The triune 666 (the number of man, the creature) is a counterfeit of the triune 777 (the number of God, the Creator). But we are only just beginning here: There is much more to say about all this…
The Old Testament Spiritual Background to the Mark of the Beast
We are told that the beast “required all people small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark—the name of the beast or the number of its name”. 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 much of the Book of Revelation cannot be properly 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). Really, one takes one’s life into one’s hands when interpreting the Book of Revelation, as it promises in its closing words,
“I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city, which are described in this book”.Book of Revelation, chapter 22, verses 18-19
Thus, I am aware that I am treading on hallowed ground which could turn into a quicksand quagmire if I take a wrong step. It first must be noted that any interpretation of this book, or of any part of it, which does not place the Christ at its centre will be false. For it is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”. As I have hopefully shown, the whole book is a series of seven vast vignettes — which run parallel, from different standpoints — about Christ’s work, primarily from the ascension 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. Also, any interpretation of this book which does not place the relevant parts in the context of Old Testament imagery will also be false.
Thus, when our text speaks of everyone being required 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: “Fix these words of Mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads” (Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 11, verse 18). This same idea is repeated four times in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. In other words, the image of a token being put on your hand and forehead symbolises something which is passionately believed by a person in their heart and down into their very 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, as the text emphasises, and acted out in daily life, then it would solely 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, above, for detailed religious instructions). Jesus actually ridiculed the Scribes and Pharisees for parading themselves around in these boxes as a form of religious ostentation: “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long” (Gospel of Matthew, chapter 23, verse 5). 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 actions. What had morphed into a literalistic religious ritual (instead of having God’s words in their minds and hearts) eventually became just 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 — which is a far more painful solution.
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 if 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”.Arba’ah Turim, OH 37
This complete misunderstanding of ‘fixing God’s words in one’s heart and mind’ and ‘tying them as reminders on one’s hands and binding them in one’s forehead’ demonstrates the importance of comprehending the difference between literalism and symbolism. In this case, such comprehension makes all the difference between having God’s words in your heart and mind and whole being and living them for real and merely plonking a couple of scroll-filled boxes on your body, to no effect except that of superstition and religious pride. The difference between life and death, in fact, spiritually speaking. This outlines the satanic nature of religion as opposed to true spirituality. 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 one’s eyes.
Proof that 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 is a literal mark of some kind in the Endtimes. 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 or 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’ are those who align themselves with and take onboard the false narrative and evil actions of the beast. They will give their heart and soul to the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ and, in the Endtimes, to the person and philosophy of the Antichrist himself, including worship, for that is what will be required of them by him. They corrupt themselves with ‘the mark of the beast’ by giving their minds and hearts to the beast. It is not a physical mark like a barcode, tattoo or chip placed in people’s hands or foreheads by the state, but Satan himself will have marked them symbolically like a dog marks a tree or a post with its foul-smelling urine. It is a spiritual state of mind, heart and soul — just as it was said in that Exodus quote above — rather than a physical attribute in the body.
That this is so can also be seen in the fact that the mark is “the name of the beast or the number of its name” (chapter 13, verse 17). To give oneself to someone’s name signifies loyalty to that person and the authority that person has over them. That is why people pray “in Jesus’ name”. It means by His power and authority. So to be marked with the beast’s name/number is to be under the beast’s authority and to give it your loyalty. The converse is at the beginning of the next chapter when the 144,000 (symbol of the people of God) have “Christ’s name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads”. Here is another of those places where we have to remember that the chapter divisions were not in the original manuscripts. So try reading through from chapter 13, verse 18 into chapter 14, verse 1 without a break. It makes a superb deliberate contrast:
“Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of man, and that number is 666. Then I looked and saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads”.
We can see very clearly here that the contrasting marks are all about loyalty and authority. Either you give your loyalty to the beast (and therefore to Satan too) and thus have the beast’s mark on you, or you give it to Christ (and therefore to the Father too) and thus have Christ’s mark on you. Everyone is marked by one or the other. This has nothing whatsoever to do with microchips but with spiritual authority, that is, who rules in your heart and to whom you give your allegiance, wittingly or unwittingly. Whoever it is, you will have the mark of that in you. The beast or the Christ. No one would suggest that God’s name was literally written on the foreheads of the disciples. So why on earth do they insist that the mark of the beast is literally put on people’s hands or foreheads? You cannot have one symbolic and the other literal. What sense would that make? Plainly, they are both symbols, referring to whoever it is to whom we give our loyalty in our lives. The beast which is the spirit of the Antichrist or the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, the Christ. You choose.
It will no doubt be the case that the disciples of Christ who refuse to believe the propaganda of the Antichrist and would never take on board the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ (and thus do not have the symbolic, spiritual mark of the beast) 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”. Nevertheless, having the mark of the beast on one’s arm and forehead involves the personal actions of serving the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ and wallowing in the ‘666ness’ of fallen man rather than anything literal planted in the body by the state. 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 would never involve himself or herself in either of those actions, for s/he longs to be united with 777. Those who do not have the mark of the beast can only mean the disciples of the Christ. For everyone else will be so marked.
It may well be that those who follow the beast and the Antichrist will be ‘chipped’ in some way as a measure of ‘ownership’ by the beast-state. That seems to be the way in which technology is heading. But that will not be ‘the mark of the beast’, for that mark is a uniquely spiritual phenomenon. However, it will not be because there is the lack of a physical mark, or lack of a digital chip implant or QR code that people cannot buy or sell or lead a restriction-free life. That is just satanic propaganda! The reason that they will be prevented by the authorities from going about their normal business is because of their refusal to go along with beast-government, an evil World-system and, above all, because they refuse to worship an impostor and because of their testimony about the Christ. That is what “refusing the mark of the beast” is all about. To have the mark of the beast means that one has sold one’s soul to the Antichrist and to the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’. John states in another chapter that he saw the souls of those who had been executed “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” (Book of Revelation, chapter 20, verse 4). So those who refuse to have the mark of the beast will not be those who have refused to get a chip implant but they will plainly be those who are martyrs for the Light of Christ, killed by the Antichrist’s “beast” one-world government because they love Christ rather than the Antichrist and want to be in Christ’s kingdom rather than the false empire of Satan. 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”. Thus, the mark of the beast cannot possibly be anything like a mere physical microchip and is plainly a reference to a person’s spiritual condition. Let me further prove to you why that must be so.
What if a hardline, God-hating, Christ-denying atheist refuses to have the chip which is supposed to be the mark of the beast in his or her body on the grounds that it “infringes his or her freedom” or is a “violation of human rights”? 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! It would be ridiculous to base people’s future state after death on whether or not they had a microchip implant! 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. 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 that microchip yet still have the mark of the beast if one isn’t dedicated to the Christ and His kingdom! Are you understanding the logic here? It is most important that we grasp this. The idea that the mark of the beast refers primarily to a physical thing such as a chip implant could well be a satanic distraction from its real identity. For Satan would love you to think that all you have to do to be an “evolved” human being is to refuse to cooperate with corrupt government. Satan doesn’t want you to realise that one has to be Christ’s disciple in order to be impervious to ‘the mark of the beast’.
To prove this further, and show the absurdity of a literal interpretation of the mark of the beast, let me ask this question: What if a faithful disciple of Christ is physically forced by men and women in white lab-coats to have a microchip inserted bodily against his or her will? Would that mean exclusion from the resurrection to life and from having any part in the reconstituted heavens and earth at the end of this age? Of course not! For it is what is spiritually in the heart which counts rather than physically in the arm or head. 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”.Book of Revelation, chapter 16, verse 2.
Firstly, take note that this “bowl of wrath” being poured out on the earth pertains to the very end of the age when God’s judgement is being rained down on the earth, after the resurrection of the saints has occurred. Thus, only those are left on earth who have ‘the mark of the beast’. Therefore, not having the ‘mark of the beast’ is synonymous with not being a disciple of the Christ, which again proves that the mark is a spiritual phenomenon rather than a physical one. To have that ‘mark of the beast’ spiritually will leave one at the peril of the terrible judgements which will be poured out on the earth. Physical marks can have nothing whatsoever to do with that. Judgement only falls on those who have wallowed into spiritual darkness and remained there — in other words, those who have refused to be part of Christ’s kingdom. We can also 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 take part in any aspect of the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ or to adulate the satanically-inspired Antichrist (which, ultimately, only disciples of Christ will refuse to do).
It has to be said here that 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”, because partaking in that system involves far more than a mere chip insertion. There are plenty of anti-government dissident 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 Christ’s disciples, which I firmly believe will happen to many as they begin to see all these prophecies coming to pass).
Only the Disciples of the Christ can Refuse the Mark of the Beast
Therefore, refusing an electronic chip implant cannot possibly be the meaning of this Bible text about refusing the mark of the beast! The teaching about ‘the mark of the beast’ being a chip implant belongs in the same category of phoney teaching as the so-called “pre-tribulation rapture” and an alleged “1000-year reign of Christ on earth”, as I will show in later chapters. They are all earthbound fantasies! This type of distortion has occurred because people take a verse or few completely out of context and do not take into account the many other verses which show their true meaning. 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. It means being willing to lay down one’s life for the sake of faithfulness to the Christ. (In fact, most of those who refuse to adulate the Antichrist will anyway be executed or assassinated, Book of Revelation, chapter 13, verses 7 & 15). 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 — For an explanation of the 144,000, please see chapter 4, §6) are described as having Christ’s name and His Father’s name “written on their foreheads” (Book of Revelation, chapter 14, verse 1). This has plainly been written as 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 the Spirit of Christ. To not be sealed by the Spirit is to be marked by Satan as his. This is another contrast with ‘the mark of the beast’, when that 144,000 (symbolic of the sum total of the people of God throughout the ages) are also described as having their foreheads sealed “with the seal of the living God” (Book of Revelation, chapter 7, verses 2-3). That is the choice in this life. The “mark of the beast” or “the seal of the living God”, which means to be “sealed with the Spirit” (Letter to the Ephesians, chapter 1, verse 14; chapter 4, verse 30), which is what happens when we become Christ’s disciples.
Anyone Not a Disciple of Christ Already has the Mark of the Beast
So, to sum up, receiving the mark of the beast refers to the enabling of the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ in one’s life, adulating ‘beast-government’ and ‘beast-religion’, and buying into the authority of the Antichrist himself — something which disciples of the Christ could never do. Here is the stark truth: Anyone who is not a disciple of Christ already has the mark of the beast, which is not confined to the Endtimes but is an internalized spiritual phenomenon of the entire age.
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 the triune Divine. In the spirit of usurpation, the Antichrist will set himself up and present himself to the gullible world as if he was 777, a counterfeit of 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 even further in their perception 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 Himself 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 in another dimension altogether! Those who have ‘the mark of the beast’ will never be able to be part of that new creation. They will have another destiny altogether which is too terrible to imagine, on which I have elaborated in chapter 1, §2 under “the second death”.
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.
Refusing the Mark of the Beast Right Now!
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 wields false authority (Christ-denying, self-glorifying ‘beast government’), or which propagates false religion (Christ-denying, syncretic ‘beast-religion’), and at the same time asking the Christ to make us His disciples. If you really do that from the bottom of your heart, He will answer that, and you will find that a deep transformation will already have begun to take place, known spiritually as metanoia, and which will deepen as time goes by. Metanoia is often translated from the Koine Greek as ‘repentance’, but really it goes way deeper than that. As the word implies, it involves a complete change of mind at the deepest level. You will find that you want to know more truth than ever before and epiphany after epiphany will burst into your mind and heart. This will provide the missing link in everything which has happened previously in your life. So now is the time for this personal transformation, as this world descends into the revealing of its true nature and the disintegration of civilisation intensifies.
As I have shown in another section above, the beast is already in existence now and has been at work throughout this age, to a greater or lesser degree, as both the ‘mystery of lawlessness’ and the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’, which both the apostles Paul and John said were then operational in their own day (Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verse 7; First Letter of John, chapter 4, verse 3). It is just that beast-government and beast-religion have not yet reached their climax through one-world government and one-world religion in the revealing of the Antichrist, which may not be as far away as you think. That must also mean that ‘the mark of the beast’ is in a way in existence now too, though not yet in all the fulness of its outworking. That fulness will mean that those with ‘the mark of the beast’ — which we have seen is a mark at the level of the soul — will enjoy privileges which those not so marked will not enjoy. Similarly, the sealing of the Spirit in disciples of Christ (which is the ekklesia’s equivalent of the mark of the beast) is not some Endtimes thing as all disciples of Christ are so sealed as soon as they are bonded with Him. The terrible truth is that before one is sealed in the Spirit and thereby bonded with Christ spiritually, one is already marked by Satan as his and thereby bonded with him, to a greater of lesser degree; though (and here is a shiver in the soul) in most people there is no conscious awareness of this. In other words, there is a sense in which those who are not bonded with the Christ already have ‘the mark of the beast’ without even realising it.
To have ‘the mark of the beast’ is to be a slave of Satan, marked by him, which includes every human born into this world. The only way to be unmarked by him is to be sealed with the Spirit of Christ. That is how one refuses ‘the mark of the beast’ — by becoming a disciple of the Christ. It is just that when the beast is revealed in all its fulness at the end of this age through the satanically-energised Antichrist, that bonding will be a conscious bonding, publicly known, there for all to see — which is why those who are not enslaved to Satan (i.e. those who are disciples of Christ and bonded with Him through being ‘sealed with the Spirit’) will also be publicly identified as such and restricted from many normal human activities (shopping, trading, etc). Their refusal to adulate the Antichrist, his image, or Satan himself will reveal them publicly as having refused ‘the mark of the beast’. The reason for them not being able to engage in these activities is not because they do not have a chip implant in their hand or forehead but because their discipleship to Christ is their buttress against being marked by Satan. Those who worship the Antichrist and Satan may well be issued with some kind of pass or other sign of their slavery to and subjugation by the state. But none of that has anything to do with ‘the mark of the beast’.
The Terrible Lesson to Come
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 and is therefore a good thing. Alongside of this, we will see the covert formation of a one-world religious enterprise which will welcome the Antichrist with open arms (as we opened up in the previous section 7). If one examines planetary developments perceptively, one will see that even now the way is being paved incrementally for that one-world ‘beast-government’ and one-world ‘beast-religion’. Then will be revealed the evil one who will head it up,
“…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”.Second Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2, verses 9-11
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 of Satan and the beast operating throughout history, 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 and His kingdom 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 spiritual significance unless one also refuses to take the real mark of the beast, which refusal involves a rejection of satanic darkness and the ‘spirit of the Antichrist’ through faithfulness to the Light of Christ in every way in the whole of one’s life.
[This has been an extract from “The Meaning of Apocalypse: A Primer on the Book of Revelation”, which will be published as a free eBook on this blog in due course]
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