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Revelation 13:16-18 The Mark of the Beast Part A!
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of Navi Y'shua. Armed with this understanding we pledge ourselves to refusing the Mark of the Beast once it is implemented and to standing firmly with HaShem and His Elect. Give us strength we pray!
The False Prophet and the Mark of the Beast
The Mark of the Beast.
-- image by Clarence Larkin in Dispensational Truth
Last time discussed the role of the False Prophet in the coming seven years of tribulation. As discussed there, many Bible students focus on the Rex Mundi (the Antichrist) but gloss over his high priest. This is a mistake! The direct authority of the False Prophet on our daily lives will be far more critical than that of the Rex Mundi. We will now look deeper into the ministry of the global cleric.Revelation 13:16 He [the False Prophet] causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to be given marks on their right hands, or on their foreheads;The King James Version translates these important verses as:
13:17 and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name.
13:18 Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred sixty-six.13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:First the number: It is translated in various ways: 666, six six six, Six hundred threescore and six, six hundred and sixty six... The Greek text has the number written as chi xi stigma (khee xee stig'-ma). This is the 22nd and 14th letter coupled with an obsolete letter (stigma) that was inserted between the 5th and 6th letters (or sigma and tau). When used as numbers chi xi stigma denotes the numbers 600, 60 and 6 respectively; or six hundred sixty six.
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The obsolete Greek stigma translates as to "stick" or to "prick." It suggests something that has been incised or punched (something that might leave a scar or tattoo), often done as a sign of ownership or evidence of some authorized service (like with an official stamp or mark of authenticity such a notary public might place on an notarized document). In this symbol may be discovered certain insights into the Mark of the Beast.
Note that in ancient times the stigma was sometimes considered to be associated with "the cross of Jesus" and certain unbiblical medieval interpretations sprang from this connection. We understand that Rebbe Y'shua did not die on a cross (or crux) as developed by the Catholic Church, continuing the honor accorded to the Pagan chi rho symbol, but on a stake (or stauros) as the Greek texts clearly state.
Again, the reference to stigma is to something that "sticks" or "pricks" leaving a mark or seal of "ownership" or decreed "authenticity."
"His number is chi xi stigma" (khee xee stig'-ma).
There has been a lot of speculation over the last 2000 years about what the number represents. For the sake of brevity I will refrain from going into the various theories (many of which are fascinating) in too much detail. As discussed previously, like al Qu'ran and the Nicolaitan heresies, much of what Rex Mundi and his False Prophet will do will be based on counterfeits of the true religion (i.e. Judaism) and the Bible. Added to this, much of what they will do will be mockeries of the now accepted Nicolaitan counterfeits. It will be as though the global religious leader will be be chiding the Believers with his new/ancient religion. For this reason the following is noteworthy:
Chi (khee), written in Greek as X or x, was used in ancient times to denote the Catholic "Jesus" as I discuss in my study IHS Chi-Rho and the Name of Rebbe Y'shua. This usage lives on today as people write Xmas instead of Christmas and so on. Some critics of Christianity write the name as Xtianity (and its followers as Xtians), a practice I discourage as it is needlessly insulting to sincere members of that religion and because those who do this seldom understand what it means anyway.Given this information, the meaning of these letters/numbers seem fairly obvious considering what I will present next.
Xi (xee) developed as the sounds ks and ksi. It is noteworthy to this study that xi is used in Stoichiometry (i.e. stoi-kee-om-i-tree: the calculation of the quantities of chemical elements or compounds involved in chemical reactions) to denote the extent of reactions in chemical engineering. We will note this relevance to the Mark shortly but it is not accidental.
And as discussed above, stigma reflects a mark incised or punched as recognition of ownership or as a scar or mark of service or authorization.
Note that throughout these prophecy studies I endeavor to stick carefully to the text rather than inject personal interpretations (of course that is impossible to do completely as should always be acknowledged when such topics are discussed). Over the years I have however had several dreams, experiences and visions related to the Mark of the Beast and related topics. These have influenced my interpretations, beliefs and expectations in various ways.
These studies of course are based on my personal, prayerful, research so including these insights here is completely appropriate. What I write should never be accepted as "the gospel," they are simply me sharing what I have learned with you. You must determine what you believe and act accordingly. My readers are always welcome to accept or disagree with anything I publish and I always welcome any feedback you wish to offer. Mutually respectful dialogue helps us all enter into ever deeper truth!
One of these personal realizations inspired me to present this commentary originally and more recently to edit it into the present version you are reading, hearing or watching now. So let's begin our consideration of the Mark of the Beast by carefully considering what John has revealed.
He...:"He" is the False Prophet in the context of these verses. Like the Antichrist, the False Prophet will be an individual person who will rule over a massive bureaucracy. His organization and its followers/workers will carry out the will of their master: the False Prophet will serve the Beast and the Beast will serve Lucius (Lucifer and the Nephilim Rebellion). From the present text (and from what we will learn in the next chapter) it is clear that the False Prophet will be the head of a global religious organization known prophetically as Babylon the Great. The Mark of the Beast will be instituted by and maintained through that global body. There will be much more information on this bureaucracy in the next chapter.
... causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave...
Participation in the Mark of the Beast system will be legally mandatory for everyone on the planet; there will be no exceptions made for religious objection etc. It is very likely that the recent debates regarding global mandates for taking the World Health Organization's Novel H1N1 vaccinations were in part a trial balloon to see if people would accept or oppose such unprecedented global mandates. That research confirmed that should a vaccination or similar intrusion (like the Mark of the Beast) be mandated "for the good of global and/or local society" most people will willingly accept it without even considering the health, scientific or moral implications: they will simply obey. Millions will embrace the Mark enthusiastically and become zealots for the new system. This will be especially true of the youth who are being brainwashed through the present political correctness philosophy of the education and entertainment systems. Even Superman has abandoned has "truth, justice and the American Way" for Globalism! This is a good example of what is to come and the Global citizen embrace the mantra: "Be one of us..."
Under now existing US and international law, the World Health Organization (WHO) has the authority to decree that taking any vaccine or other "precautionary measures" is globally or locally mandatory. One can almost hear the owl god at the Bohemian grove hooting with excitement (we discuss this Ba'al briefly when considering Revelation 13:3-10)! Likewise the coming Global Union will have no difficulty declaring the Mark and its system to be globally mandatory. Most people will accept it without question, millions will do so with great enthusiasm and religious zeal.
Friends, it is vital that YOU stand against all such mandates even now if you hope to preserve our remaining freedom and be prepared for is even now on the horizon!
... to be given marks on their right hands, or on their foreheads:
According to the text, individual Marks will be "given" or "granted" [didomi] onto ones physical body under the authority of the world government through the auspices of the False Prophet's global organization (i.e. Greater Babylon). This will be the "granting of privileges" to those who are "deemed worthy" to receive them. The mark will be a "thing" that is given. It will have a tangible form and be inserted into or onto the hand or forehead according to the text. It will not therefore be the embrace of some doctrine or practice (like the "Sunday Law" imagined by Ellen White etc). Rather it will be a seal (or stigma), something incised or poked into the body that in part indicates that one is an authorized participant in the new global system.
The word "given" (or "received" in the KJV) is a translation of didomi. This word means something that is voluntary accepted (or that could be rejected). This does not rule out coercion/threat, etc but it does reject the fear of forced implementation: people will not be captured and marked against their will. The Mark of the Beast must be voluntarily accepted. Didomi is a very general word, however according to Strong's Concordance one of its meanings is "to give or commit to someone something to be religiously observed." As we will see next time, this is the case here.
Since the idols or images of Rex Mundi are discussed in the same context as the Mark, we can assume that there will be a direct connection between the given marks and the global revival of Ba'al worship before the images. The idols of the Beast will doubtless be granted (didomi) to those who prove themselves worthy or loyal to the regime. Possessing an image will be proof to the government, to the local police, the religious authorities, business associates, to friends, neighbors and others that one has been confirmed as a loyal citizen of the New Order of the Ages (Novus Ordo Seclorum). Eventually most people will own and worship an idol of the Beast in their homes or local community centers. Those without the image will be regarded as de facto terrorists and enemies of the state. They will be persecuted as agents of the Old World Order.
Families and individuals will have little shrines in their homes where the image will reside. Some people will decorate their shrines with flowers, gold, silver, crystals and so on while others will be more minimalist in their displays. There will doubtless be required and optional worship of the images. This worship will probably include daily prayers and salutations that can be done privately or with others as is currently the case with the Muslim salawat (five daily prayers). There will also probably be a declared holy day which I expect to be Sundays. This assumption is based on the continuing presence of the Nicolaitan heresy that has been active since before the third century CE as we discussed in chapter two and three. The worship of any god besides Rex Mundi and the honoring of any day other than Sunday will doubtless be illegal and interpreted as evidence of terrorist leanings. The Nicolaitans worship Sol Invictus, the Sun God.
One can further assume that in order to be granted a murti (idol) of the Great Leader one will have to voluntarily take a loyalty oath to the Rex Mundi personally and to the "people of the earth and the environment" collectively as indicated in the Georgia Guidestones
Those who take the oath will be allowed to receive the Mark of the Beast (probably called the Mark of Loyalty or something similar). It will be considered an honor, an achievement to receive the Mark.
And the False Prophet distributes both according to his will and his requirements. If his bureaucracy declines the request for a Mark one will be cut off from the global economy. It will be impossible to buy or sell anything on the open market. In such an environment the black market that will inevitably arise will be both cost prohibitive and extremely dangerous.
Prior to the recent technological preparations for the Mark it was commonly believed that it would be a tattoo of some sort, perhaps a literal 666 stamped on the right hand or forehead. As the time for its implementation is approaching however it is all but certain that the Mark will be an implanted computer chip such as are currently used to mark pets. This technology is already in use by some wealthy people for tracking their children in the event of kidnapping. Many powerful people, including the late globalist Andy Rooney are pushing to see such implants be inserted into everyone. When the time comes the comparatively slight opposition will not deter its implementation.
Andy Rooney Promoting the Implantation of Humans
The marks will obviously be very small (like the v-chip shown above) because they will be implanted in the right hand or in the forehead. These small chips will contain all known information about the person and can be electronically updated at will (probably plugging into ones home computer). The Mark of the Beast will replace credit cards, ATM cards, driver's license, medical cards, security clearances and so on. It will be hailed for making society safe from counterfeiting, identity theft and those dreaded terrorists lurking under every bush. The people of the Global Union will love it! Deposit go in and with a wave of the hand credits come out. Easy, safe and effective.
Imagine waving your hand across a scanner (such as used in grocery stores etc today) for all purchases. No more cash to count or forget to bring, no more worries about being mugged. Just wave your hand. Instant, safe, access to everything. The Mark will appear to be the answer to out countless woes and complaints with the present paper dominated economy. The masses will love it!
But at what price? Such implants could easily be remotely "deactivated," leaving the bearer in such a cyber society a virtual non-person who could neither buy nor sell, for whom medical services would be unavailable and who could be tracked by the GPS component of the chip to any location on Earth, making hiding places useless for those who are chipped. Imagine living under Hitler or Chairman Mao and knowing they had such capabilities! People sometimes consider that while it would be painful, if an implant could be inserted it could also be dug out. That will not be an option however because this will be no ordinary implant! This is what John is describing... but there will be ever more to the Mark than this...
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