A Study in Revelation
Mark of The Beast
In this special supplement to the Study in Revelation, we look further on the mark of the beast. As we look at the above verse, John said let those who has understanding count the number of the beast which is the number of man. And the man's number is 6 hundred threescore and six (threescore is equal to sixty). Therefore the number is 666.
This is the mark John wrote to the seven churches to look out for during the Great Tribulation.
When the Anti-christ arises, the second beast, who will be the false prophet, will perform signs and miracles in order to deceive those by saying to them that they should make an image of the beast.1 And The false-prophet also will power to give life to the images of the beast and causes those who don't worship the image to be killed.2 And he will cause all regardless of their stature to receive the mark or the name or the beast's image. And those who have the mark will be able to buy and sell.3
Without the mark, man will not be able to buy or sell. Receive the mark, you will be able to buy and sell, and sustain your life. Refuse the mark, you could die. If you receive the mark, you will face the dire consequence. The third angel in Chapter 14 proclaimed " If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall 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 ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name".4.
Let's look at the angel's warning very closely. The angel said "If any man" worships the beast and his image or receives a mark in his forehead or in his hand, They will
Again the angel repeats: "if any man worships the beast and his image and whosever receives the mark of his name..."
Therefore not only are we warned about the consequences of taking the mark, we will also face the same consequence if we worship the Anti-christ or his image.
There are some who believe you can still take the mark and later be saved. However, there is nowhere in Scripture to justify this position. And there are others who believe you can be saved and still take the mark without consequences. However, scripture doesn't justify their view point either. Scripture makes it clear when it says "if anyone" or "whosoever" takes the mark. There are no exceptions. Especially when you follow up with verse twelve: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
We must keep the patience by keeping God's commandment's which includes resisting the mark. And we must also keep our faith of Jesus even though we may face death. As a voice from heaven told John" "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."5
As we look further into this study, How will the mark be applied? As technology developed through the years, many believed the mark would be in a form of a tattoo. Many later believed a laser mark could be applied on the wrist or forehead. As processors began to became smaller and smaller, it is now believed by many the mark will be in a form of a tiny microchip transmitter implanted in the forehead or in the hand.
During the 1970's, a set of bars started to appear on many products, which is known as the Universal Price Code, or UPC. This code is scanned at the cash register. As the computerized cash register would scan the code, it's database would determine the product and it's price.
However, the UPC has a hidden code. In the picture above, each number is represented by two bars. And the UPC is made up of three different codes. The numbers on the left are the code of a certain company or firm, And the right set of numbers are the product code. However, what is not clearly revealed is the set of two bars which is at the left, center, and right of the numbers. And they are the same set of bars on every UPC. And each of these set of bars correspond to the number 6. Add these three one-paired bars in the third set together are 666, as illustrated in the picture below.
Isn't it interesting? In Revelation, you cannot buy or sell without the mark. And almost every product bought in stores have this UPC code containing 666!
This could be the same type of code used to put in hands and foreheads during the Great Tribulation. Technology has given further ability to reduce the size of components such as microchips. And microchips can be inserted into people. They are currently using these chips in pets. When pets get lost, the transmitter in these microchips send a signal to a tracking device which determines the precise location of the pet. The great danger is these chips can be coded with 666 and can be used in humans as well. And many believe this will be the case during the Great Tribulation.
There are images with the number 666. As in illustration, The yang and yin in the above picture has been very popular. The figure on the left is the normal symbol. And the figure on the right is the more popular (and mirrored) symbol. It has been used in forms of a trademark by companies such as Symantec Software (makers of Norton Utilities and anti-virus software) and Spacewalker hardware (makers of soundboards and video cards). The symbols inside the Yang and Yin are shaped like a six on the left and a nine on the right. Together, they form the number 69. However, when the symbol is turned upside-down, the symbol on the right becomes a 6. Therefore the number in the yang in yin could very well be 66.
The yang and yin symbol itself does not contain 666 (but it comes from the occult). But to carry this is illustration further, adding another shape can change the overall picture. For example, there is a symbol used by the United States Department of Transportation (and it also comes from the occult). It contains three figures instead of the two used in the Yin and Yang. And they are shaped the same. The mirrored symbol on the right clearly shows the figures are shaped like a 6. And there are three of these figures. Therefore, the symbol used by the US DOT has the number 666.
Another illustration is the symbol used by Mesa Verde National Park near Cortez and Durango, Colorado. This symbol contains a triangle with three figures reaching up and curling close to the top of circle. As you look further, these curls look like a six. And there are three of them. Therefore, this symbol contains 666. And the triangle has 180 degrees with three equal angles. And an equilateral triangle has three 60 degree angles which contains three sixes. Again, this is another representation of 666 (there are at least two other instances of 666 in this symbol as well).
Note: the webmaster certainly does not indorse any of the above symbols. He is merely using them as in illustration.
As body piercing and tattoos become more acceptable, It will be easer for those to take the mark either as a microchip implant, or as a design in the form of a tattoo. And as devices such as debit cards become more convenient, such devices are easy to use and can be used and stolen by others. It would be more logical for them to have a chip implant that stays in the skin and cannot get lost. These are some of the things we should notice and take extreme caution! As the tribulation draws closer, let us have wisdom to count the number and avoid it!