December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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The Mark of The Beast. What Is It? Part 6

Page Six of Six

(Cont'd from page five)

The Sign of God's People

What is a "mark," but a sign, a symbol, an identifying label? Those who worship the beast and his image, who willingly give their "right hand" to it [symbolizing a handshake; willingness, or agreement] , who cooperate with it, naturally wear its brand—its label!

But those who have gotten the victory over the Beast, his image, his mark, and the number of his name

"...sing the Song of Moses," which extols God and His Ten Commandments! Notice again, as we read in Revelation 14, verses 9 and 10, that those who receive the Mark of the Beast, who worship his image, will suffer the WRATH OF GOD in the seven last plagues! But notice, in context, only two short verses later, the contrasting group:

"Here is the patience of the saints; here are they THAT KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12).

The Song of Moses extols God's Ten Commandments! Moses was the intermediary who gave the LAW. The resurrected saints, who have gotten VICTORY over the beast, his image, and his mark are those who have clung fast to God's Ten Commandments!

Jesus said, "If you will enter into life, keep the commandments!" (Matthew 19:17).

Christ inspired John to write, "And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him" (I John 2:3, 4).

The end-time saints are described as "...the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:7).

The commandments of God include the FOURTH one, which says, "REMEMBER the Sabbath day, to KEEP it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work [this commandment has to do with your business, your labor—buying and selling—earning your food!], but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Eternal thy God..." (Exodus 20: 10).

God established the Sabbath as the great TEST commandment! It is a test of obedience! When rebellious Israelites were refusing to keep the Sabbath—this, before the giving of the Decalogue—God said,

"... how long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?" (Exodus 16:28).

As a separate covenant; an everlasting covenant, God established the Sabbath as a great SIGN between Himself and His people!

The One who became Jesus Christ, and who died on the stake for your sins and mine thundered to His creation,

"...Verily MY SABBATHS YE SHALL KEEP: for it is a sign [label, identifying badge, symbol, mark] between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know I am the Eternal that doth sanctify [set apart, make holy, different, unique!] you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you ... wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a SIGN BETWEEN ME AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FOR EVER" (Exodus 31:12-18).

From the time of Pentecost, this great sign applies to ALL people of whatever national or ethnic background, for,

"...if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).

Notice again the symbolism of the hand and the forehead, The hand is given in a "handshake," as a form of greeting, or agreement. How many deals have been consummated when men have said, "Let's shake on it"? The vast majority of mankind are right-handed. The "right hand of fellowship," a sign of cooperation, willingness, brotherly love and esteem, is commonly known. Christ sits at the "right hand" of the Father in heaven, showing that He is in fullest agreement, cooperation, that they two are ONE in everything! Now, notice!

Concerning the original Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread—God's annual Sabbaths—God, the One who became Christ, said:

"And it shall be for a SIGN unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes [on your forehead!], that the Eternal's law may be in thy mouth [on your mind]" (Exodus 13:9).
"And you shall bind them [God's commandments] for a SIGN upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes [on your forehead!]" (Deuteronomy 6:8).

Notice further: "Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a SIGN upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes" (Deuteronomy 11: 18).

The forehead, the area "between the eyes" of we human beings, contains the "frontal lobes" of the brain. It is here, in the frontal lobes of the brain, that our will resides—our power to choose, our volition, our free moral agency. Other parts of the brain control our motor facility, our memory, our ability to walk, sit, eat, cough, sleep. But in the portion behind the forehead is where character resides!

The number seven is God's number signifying perfection, completion, as seen in the Sabbath day as the final day of creation; the day of rest. Six is man's number, the number of the days given to mankind for his own work, for his own purposes. The number three is used time and again in the Word of God for "finality." Three sixes symbolize "final carnality," or "totally human," as opposed to divine, or spiritual.

The Mysterious Number—666

The number 666 has been attached to a great diversity of person, places and things—from the Titans of ancient Greek mythology to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, from Nero to the pope, from the "secret symbol" of the ancient "mysteries" to the intricate circuitry of some modem "super computer."

Conspiracy theorists try to link 666 with the "New Age Movement." In her book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow," Constance Cumbey alleges the infamous number is a "distinguishing characteristic of the New Age Movement."New Agers, she insists, "consider the 666 a sacred number." However intriguing, Cumbey's imaginative attempts at seeing triple six formations in pictures in New Age publications—along with an obvious lack of genuine evidence supportive of her theories—do little for the credibility of her book.

Well-known author Hal Lindsey, in his book, There's A New World Coming, states, "Since the number 6 in the Bible stands for humanity, I believe the meaning of 666 is man trying to imitate the Trinity of God (three sixes in one person.)" While this fairly popular view is shared by numerous commentators, it begins with a commonly held false assumption—that God is a Trinity.

One school of prophetic interpretation tags Nero Caesar with the number of the beast. But the believability of this argument diminishes as the facts emerge. Notice what Mounce has to say:

"The solution most commonly accepted today is that 666 is the numerical equivalent of Nero Caesar. It is held to be supported by the variant reading 616, which also yields the name of Nero when the Latinized spelling is followed. What is not generally stressed is that this solution asks us to calculate a Hebrew transliteration of the Greek form of a Latin name, and that with a defective spelling" (Robert H. Mounce, The New International Commentary on the New Testament, The Book of Revelation, page 264).

According to some sources, both the Hebrew and Greek names of Romulus, the legendary founder and first king of Rome, add up to 666. This, to some, indicates that everyone called "Roman" has the "name" of the man for whom Rome was named.

The Greek word for Romulus is Lateinos, which signifies "Roman," and yields a numerical value of 666. Interestingly, "Lateinos" is mentioned by second century theologian Irenaeus (in his work, Against Heresies) as one of several possible solutions to the numerical riddle.

But the problems of transliteration and the fact that we don't know for sure whether a man named Romulus ever even existed—not to mention the fact that literally thousands of names, titles, and words can be made up to add up to 666—leaves the argument standing on a quavering foundation.

Romulus and Nero are not the only Romans branded with triple sixes. Adventists claim that the letters of the Pope's Latin title—Vicarius Filii Dei—add up to 666. However, we must realize that the more titles an individual has, and the more ways there are of "counting," the more likely it is that at least one of his titles will yield the numerical value of 666—and the pope is not short of titles; nor are the interpreters of prophecy short of ways with which to count. Moreover, Vicarius Filii Dei is apparently not an officially acknowledged title.

But what does the Bible say about the "number of the beast"? What is the purpose of the number? Is "666" the number of a computer? Of a church? Of a religious leader?

Turn to and read Revelation 13:15-17, and notice these important points:

(1) The number of the Beast is the "number of HIS NAME"!

(2) The number is the "number of a MAN"!

(3) No one can buy or sell unless he has the mark or name of the Beast, or the number of his name.

(4) The number can be "counted" by those with wisdom and understanding.

(5) The number is "six hundred threescore and six"—666.

The number of the Beast is the number of a man, and the number of his name—NOT the number of a computer, the number of "the New Age," or former President Regan, or the number on the label of a can of soup.

The BEAST is both the revived ROMAN EMPIRE and the MAN who presides over the revived military and political system. The "image" of the Beast is the great universal ecclesiastical system patterned after the ancient Roman Empire, which was, under its Catholic leaders, called "Holy."

Nero Caesar, Mussolini and other historical figures may have been types of the end-time Beast, but did not fulfill the prophecies concerning him.

When he appears, those who have wisdom and understanding will recognize him, and will find that his name (or epithet) will, by some numerical system, yield the figure 666!

It is interesting, but perhaps not prophetically significant, that the monetary standard of Germany is called the MARK, not the dollar (from "Thaler," a valley in Germany), or the Pound Sterling. It is interesting that, in the French language, the French monetary standard is also a "Mark," called a "Franc." A "franked" envelope is one which has been stamped with postage in advance. Hitler adopted the "crooked cross"; the sign of the SWASTIKA for his "Third Reich." Perhaps the coming Beast power will have any number of different names, emblems, or signs; perhaps it will utilize some monetary standard which will be recognizable to those who are truly "watching" world developments as Christ commanded His people to do.

And, just because national identity cards or computer chips forcibly inserted beneath he skin are NOT the "Mark of the Beast" does not mean the Beast power will not resort to some form of checking up on all its citizens! The fact that "no man may buy or sell" who does not receive the Mark of the Beast is definitely significant.

When the Beast appears, those who understand the prophecies concerning him are likely to recognize him before they ever attempt to count the numerical value of his name. The "666" then, is not the sole means of identifying the Beast, and is not even the first clue of his identity. Rather, it is only one, perhaps the last, of many factors which point to the identity of the end-time Beast.

Many have speculated that the present pope, like a counterfeit of "John the Baptist," is "preparing the way for the one to follow," who will be a counterfeit of Christ. Some note that there have been five popes with the titles, "Sixtus," and have naturally wondered whether another, final pope will take the title, "Sixtus, the Sixth." Whether or not this occurs, and it may be idle speculation, one thing is sure: The "woman" which mounts and rides the Beast is none other than the Roman Catholic Church! She is the great "Lady of the Kingdoms" (read Isaiah 47), "...the mother of harlots [her protesting daughters which came out of her] and abominations of the earth" (Revelation 17:5).

Her signs are those of the cross, Sunday, Easter, Christmas, and Halloween! She has thought "to change times and laws" (Daniel 7:25), and will eventually put to death the saints of God for refusing to receive and accept her mark, to worship the Beast and the image of the Beast (the papacy), to receive the number of the name of the Beast! She has protesting daughters, who, though rejecting her leadership, cling to many of her most important dogmas and doctrines. They include the millions who recite the "apostles creed" (absolutely unbiblical!), recite and sing the "doxology," believe in the immortality of the soul and the Trinity, and who worship on the day of the sun and on the days of ancient pagans, such as the "Saturnalia" (Christmas), and the festival devoted to "Ishtar" (Easter).

God warns, "COME OUT OF HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities" (Revelation 18:4,5).

The Beast which is to arise is probably going to be called "the United States of Europe." It is represented by the ten toes of the image Daniel interpreted (in Daniel's second chapter) as the end-time kings who will be destroyed by Christ at His coming! These same ten kings are mentioned in Revelation 17:7-14, where they are on the seventh head of the successive revivals of the "Holy Roman Empire," and these ten nations

"...shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and Kings of kings, and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful" (Revelation 17:14).

Remember! The saints of God are those who have gotten the victory over the Beast, his image, his mark, and the number of his name. Those who willingly receive it in their minds (foreheads), who cooperate with it (with their right hand), will suffer the WRATH OF GOD and the SEVEN LAST PLAGUES.

Those who resist it, who overcome it—who refuse to worship the Beast and his image—may be martyred for their beliefs! Yet, they inherit eternal life; they receive SALVATION, as a result! God commands you and me, "COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE."

May God give you the grace, strength and courage to come out of modern Babylon, and her "mystery" religion, and the wisdom to recognize the Mark of the Beast, the Image of the Beast, and the number of his name.

-End-

This publication is intended to be used as a personal study tool. Please know it is not wise to take any man's word for anything, including ours, so prove all things for yourself from the pages of your own Bible. Because your salvation is between you and God, it is through such personal verification that you will gain confidence and come to know for yourself what is truth.

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