What is the truth about the Bible mark of the beast and the number of his name, 666? Everyone has some sort of opinion on this subject. But what is God's truth on the 'mark'?
666 Mark of the Beast
Most Christians believe that the Bible Mark of the Beast (666) will be a micro computer chip or ID card. If you agree with the fictional Left Behind novels, then this study is for you. Have a real good think about this for a moment. If you were to receive a chip or an ID card, but still continued to follow Jesus with all your heart and serve God in 'spirit and in truth', would you have the Bible mark of the beast and lose your salvation? Of course not, if you continue to truly serve God with all your heart, mind and soul, then no computer chip or ID card will separate you from Him. Maybe a microchip or ID card will help the beast to IDENTIFY those who do or don't receive the his mark, to stop you from buying or selling, as it says in Revelation 13, but in of itself, it cannot be the actual mark of the beast, 666. So what is the truth about the 'mark of the beast' or 'the number of his name, 666'?
To receive the 'mark' you HAVE to go against God and His eternal law of love (The Ten Commandments). Click here, for further study on His Law of Love. I feel its so important to labour on this point, as it is crucial and a point that most of the Christian world ignores! How can God reject you if you just simply receive a form of worldly ID, but continue to follow Jesus with all your heart and serve Him in all truth and love and keep His Commandments? It's not possible. Please let that sink in, it's not possible! Therefore the 'mark of the beast' (666) must be a RESULT of going against God and His law. It isn't a physical mark, because you can receive a physical mark and yet continue to truthfully serve God. So it must be a spiritual mark.
Revelation 14:9-11 ....'And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, 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.' ……This is God's great warning to the world concerning 666, the mark of the beast. We know from these verses that this topic demands great attention, because those who do receive the 'mark' will be destroyed by God. They will taste His wrath! Please note, these three angels in revelation 14 who proclaim God's end time prophecy message are not actual angels flying around the world. An angel in Bible prophecy represents a messanger. These angels are symbolic of God's remnant saints proclaiming the end time message to the world. The world really needs to heed the above warning, because it's salvation is depends on the choices it makes, whether to follow God and be saved for eternity, or follow satan and be lost forever.
Take a look at the verses above and then read the verse that follows in Revelation 14:12 …..' Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' …… So, in just a few verses, Jesus reveals to us the difference between those who receive the mark of the beast, 666 and those who don't. And what is that difference? The saints don't receive the 'mark' because they are 'Keeping the Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.' So those who receive the 'mark of the beast' 666 will in some way be breaking the Commandments of God and not following in Jesus' footsteps.
"The saints keep the Ten Commandments of God"
Now notice that the 'mark of the beast' is either received in the 'forehead' or in the 'hand'. We can also see this in Revelation 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.'..... If we look closely at this, we can see that the mark of the beast isn't the only 'mark' that is placed in people's foreheads. If you carry on reading past the 'mark' in Revelation 13:16-18, the very next verse in Revelation 14:1, we come across a group of people that have the 'Father's name written in their foreheads.' So, we know that one group of people have the number of the beast and the other group have the name of our Heavenly Father in their foreheads. This corresponds to the two groups of people that are living at the end times when Jesus returns. Those two groups are the saved and the lost. But will there actually be people walking about with the name of God physically stamped onto their heads? Or again, could this also be a spiritual 'mark'?
We've already studied about the Harlot woman (Babylon the Great) in Revelation 17. John sees this evil woman riding a beast with seven heads....Revelation 17:5 …. "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS". No one doubts this is a symbolic image of Bible prophecy. There won't be an actual living prostitute riding a beast around the world. Therefore, the writing of that mysterious name upon her forehead must also be symbolic, the same as the writing of God's Name or the 'mark of the beast' on the people's foreheads.
So what is the significance of people being marked on the hand or forehead? Well, if we take a look into the Old Testament, we can see the truth about this:
Exodus 13:9 ….'And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth.'
Deuteronomy 6:6-8 ….'And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.'
Deuteronomy 11:8,18 ….'Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it…… 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.'
God did not want the His people to actually physically write His Commandments on their foreheads or hands. So what does it mean? God wanted His Word/Law INSIDE their minds. He wanted them to think about His Words and His Law each day, so that they wouldn't stumble and sin. The same goes with the writing on the hand, this represents the actions of the people. God wanted their actions to reflect His Word. So the forehead represents the mind and the hand represents action..... thought and act! …… Hebrews 10:16 ….'This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.'
Isaiah 8:16 ....'Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.'
So in the Bible end times, we will have a group of people that yield their minds and actions to the beast, hence they will receive the 'mark of the beast.' And one group that will yield their minds and actions to God, and will have His name and His law sealed in their foreheads (mind).
"Seal the Law among My disciples"
What is the name of God? Is it just a set of words that God would like us to say when we speak to Him, or does this issue involve more than just words?.... Exodus 34:5 …'And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.'…. So Moses ascended up Mount Sinai and God proclaimed HIS name, the name of the LORD…… Exodus 34:6-7 …' And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.' ……. God here in these verses, is describing His character. He reveals Himself as merciful, gracious, patient, forgiving, just, and full of truth. These truly amazing attributes are referred to as 'the name of the LORD.' At the end of His earthly life, in a prayer to His Father, our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus said …..John 17:6 …' I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.' Jesus didn't just simply say this because He had been saying certain words or names correctly, but because His whole life revealed the true character of God. So when it says in Bible prophecy that people will have God's name on their foreheads, this means that His attributes of character have become a deep part of their lives, their thinking and actions. They keep the Commandments of God and truly follow in the footsteps of their Savior, Jesus Christ. In the very last days at the end, just before Christ's second coming, God will have a group of people, known as the remnant, who are so firmly rooted in His law of liberty and in His attributes of character that they will not be deceived or go along with the Mark of the Beast or receive it's name, 666. So, we are dealing with inward spiritual issues.
In Revelation 14 we have the three angels messages that proclaim a warning to the whole world. Unfortunately most Christians don't know anything about this warning, because they are not studying Bible prophecy and finding out important end time truths. And yet this is the final call before the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So What does the three angels messages have to do with the 'mark of the beast'? Well, as seen at the start, the third angel warns against anyone receiving the 'mark', that they will receive the full wrath of God. As mentioned earlier, these are not actual angels that are flying around the world proclaiming these messages. Angels in Bible prophecy mean 'messangers'. They represent a final group of Christians, known as the remnant, who proclaim God's last message to the whole world from the pulpit, on the radio, on television, in print, on the internet, and via satellite.
Revelation 14:6-7 …..'And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.' …… This angel shouts with a loud voice calling us to worship GOD, THE CREATOR. Where have we seen these words before? …… Exodus 20:11 ….'For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.' ….. The issue is all to do with worship. The two groups of people at the end are those who follow and worship God, and those who follow and worship the beast.
As mentioned earlier, straight after the three angels messages we have this verse: …. Revelation 14:12 ….'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' …… So those people keeping the Commandments of God has a vital part to play in NOT receiving the mark of the beast. These end time saints, the remnant, also have a true loving relationship with Jesus. Those who accept the gospel, believe and follow Jesus Christ, worship the Creator, and keep the commandments of God. These will not worship the beast and receive his mark, instead they will receive the seal of God and have the spiritual name of God in their foreheads (minds).
So who is this end times 'beast' that will enforce it's 'mark'? The studies on this site have revealed that the beast (the antichrist) is the Roman Catholic Church. This is the antichrist truth.
As described in a previous study, the Roman Catholic Church is the little horn in Daniel 7:25 who thinks to change times and laws …..'And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.' ……. The Roman Catholic Church have boasted about changing the Laws of God for centuries! No one can actually change God's Laws and that's why they only 'think' to have changed them. Notice that they think to change 'TIMES and laws'. There is only one Commandment that has to do with time, and that is the fourth Commandment, concerning the bible sabbath.
Remember where the mark of the beast will be? In the head and hand? Don't miss this very important point.
Exodus 20:8 ….' Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.' …… Where do we remember? In our foreheads!
Exodus 20:9-10 ….' Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.' ……. With what do we work? Our hands!
Do you see this important truth? The mark of the beast will be going against God's Commandment. The Sabbath Commandment deals with WHO we worship.
Now with that in mind, take a look at the following quotes from the Roman Catholic Church:
Q. Which is the Sabbath day? A. Saturday is the Sabbath day. Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer: We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday (The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, by Peter Geiermann, 1946, p. 50).
The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday (The Christian Sabbath, p. 29. Printed by The Catholic Mirror, the official organ of Cardinal Gibbons, Baltimore, Md., 1893).
The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, change, or interpret even divine laws (Farraris's Ecclesiastical Dictionary. Article, "The Pope").
Of course the change [from Sabbath to Sunday] was her act . . . and the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters (Signed by H. F. Thomas, Chancellor for Cardinal Gibbons, in a letter dated, Nov. 11, 1895).
The Bible says, Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Catholic church says, No! By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day, and command you to keep the first day of the week. And lo, the entire civilized world bows down in reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic church!" Father Enright, C.S.S.R. of the Redemptoral College, Kansas City, Mo., History of the Sabbath, p. 802
Sunday is our MARK or authority. . .the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact" Catholic Record of London, Ontario Sept 1,1923
So we can see that the Roman Catholic Church even proudly boasts about this 'mark' of authority to change the laws of our Creator and Savior. They are this beast in Revelation 13, and they admit to having a 'mark' of authority. Put the two together and what do you have? The mark of the beast!! The sad thing is, they only 'think' to have this power. They don't actually have it. God doesn't or hasn't given any church or man the authority or power to change His laws. What blasphemy to think that they can change the very Laws of their CREATOR GOD!! Sunday is the "mark" of the Roman Catholic Church's authority. And just like "the name" of God refers to His character (Exodus 34:5-7), even in the same way does "the name of the beast" refer to it's own character. The beast "thinks" it is ok to change the law of our Heavenly Father (Daniel 7:25). And those who think like this during the last days of earth's history will be sharing in the character of the beast. They will have his name on their foreheads, instead of the name of our heavenly Father (Revelation 14:1).
The Roman Catholic Church admits to changing the Bible Sabbath Day from the 7th day to the 1st, as we have seen in the quotes above. The Sunday law has been enforced by them before and I believe it will be enforced again soon. We can also see moves from the Christian Coalition in America to control Congress and bring about a Sunday law in the USA. For more information about America in prophecy, see here. The Roman Catholic Church are working hard to push through this law. Click here for more about this.
Revelation 19:20 ….'And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image.' ……Most Christians are waiting for a microchip or some sort of ID to come along to be the mark of the beast, 666. And yet the Bible says that those who receive the mark of the beast will be deceived! So the TRUE 'mark' must involve some subtle deception, ie. it isn't going to be obvious or easily noticed. Certainly not as obvious as this computer microchip that most Christians proclaim it will be. This is why satan has cleverly introduced Sunday sabbath as the substitute to God's original Bible Sabbath Day (our Saturday). Satan wants YOUR worship, he doesn't want you to worship God.
Note: The number of the beast is 666. Notice how many times the number 7 is repeated in the following verse: …..Genesis 2:2-3 …..' And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.' ……God institutes the Sabbath Day here and look at the number of sevens, three in all! …… 777. God would only need to say something once. But here He repeats it three times in one verse! This shows the importance of the seventh day. God is trying to tell you something!
"Seventh Day, Seventh Day, Seventh Day"
During Earth's last crisis at the very end, when the Mark of the Beast is enforced by law around the world. After each person truly sees the issue at hand and then chooses to believe and accept the Roman Catholic Church's Sunday, instead of the Bible Sabbath Day of our Creator and Savior Jesus Christ. Then and only then, will God Almighty look into the inner mind, and consider that person to have the mark of the beast in the forehead. Those who don't believe in Rome's Sunday keeping, yet who go along with it because of intense social and economic pressure (buying and selling, Rev. 13), they will receive the mark of the beast in their right hand. And then those who reject the use of force to worship, who follow their Savior and Creator Jesus Christ, keeping His true Bible Sabbath no matter what the cost, will be revealing their supreme loyalty to the great Creator of heaven and earth. They will sealed with the name of God in their foreheads.
So who are you going to choose to worship? Will you follow Jesus Christ and keep the Commandments of God (including the Bible Sabbath) and receive the seal of God? Or will you worship the beast (Roman Catholic Church) and keep her commands and receive the mark of the beast 666? The choice is simple, but the rewards are VERY different!