is the mark of the Beast?
Rev. Charles Cooper
We are told
about the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16-18:
(the False Prophet) causes all, the small and the great, and the
rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given
a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides
that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who
has the mark, either the name of the beast (Antichrist) or the
number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding
calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a
man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
At the midpoint
of Daniel's 70th Week, the Antichrist will "take his seat in
the temple of God, displaying himself as being God" (2 Thess.
2:4). This event is called the "Abomination of Desolation"
by Daniel and Jesus. From this point on the second beast (the False
Prophet ) will begin to enforce the worship of the Antichrist. Part
of this worship will include taking his mark upon the right hand
or forehead. The mark consists either of the name of the Antichrist
or the number of his name, which is 666.
time the Antichrist will have control over much of the world's economy.
In order to engage in commerce, "to buy or to sell," people
will need to take the Antichrist's mark. Those who refuse will not
be able to buy or sell.
times, speculations about the exact nature of this mark have abounded.
Since the exact name of the beast is unknown, speculation as to
what the mark is has received the most attention. A computer chip
implant, a bar-code, or a physical brand on the skin have led the
list of possibilities at one time or another. However, a closer
examination is warranted.
Revelation 13:16-17 and 14:9, there will be three lines of identification:
a mark, a name or a number. Most attention has been focused on the
number of his name, which is 666. Most fail to appreciate the fact
that 666 is an English number. The Bible was not written in English.
The book of Revelation is a Greek document. This demands a Greek
numbering scheme. So whatever John saw was certainly not the English
also tells us very clearly that those who accept the Satanic identification
system will be tormented forever:
angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, if
anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on
his forehead or upon his hand, he also will drink of the wine
of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup
of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone
in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the
Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever;
and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast
and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. (Rev.
in the Satanic identification system will be an act of worship.
Those who choose to worship the Antichrist, and identify with him
by taking his markings, will receive an eternal punishment. True
believers in Jesus Christ will not take the markings of Satan/Antichrist.
It is important
at this point to add that believers will not be tricked into taking
the markings. Satan/Antichrist has nothing to gain by marking people
who are not truly his. With starvation as the penalty, people will
gladly take the identification system. Believers will not want to
attempt subterfuge--take the identification system externally, but
hold allegiance to Christ in their hearts. There are things far
worse than physical death. Trying to explain to the Lord our reason
for taking a Satanic identification system to escape physical death
is one of them.