Mark of the Beast (666)
God reveals the beast to us, through His Holy
Word, the Bible. In the Word, God describes an unholy trinity, one that may
already be in the making at this point in history. But, the beast will not rise
to power until the latter days, known in general, as the Tribulation, the last
seven years of human history as we know it.
This unholy trinity is that of Satan, Antichrist,
and the False Prophet. In the scriptures, God reveals Antichrist as the Beast, who
derives his power from Satan, the Dragon. Together, they will use the False
Prophet, the Second Beast, to help them accomplish their evil works on planet
earth. The Bible also tells us that in the end of days, the Antichrist
will rule over the entire human race with an ecumenical and apostate global religion,
in addition to ruling the planet through a global government, and economy. No
person living at that time, will be able to escape his evil rule. Revelation
In the Book of Revelation, God purposefully divides the last
seven years of human history into two equal parts. The first half is called The
Tribulation. However, God named the second half-- The Great Tribulation. In His
naming of this period of time, He reminds us that the second half of the seven
year tribulation will be much worse than the first. Revelation 11:2-3,
The created Satan has always wanted to exalt himself above his
creator, the true God of the Bible. During the Great Tribulation, God tells us
that He will allow Satan, through his indwelling of Antichrist, to wreak as
much havoc and destruction on this earth as possible. The Bible clearly states
that Antichrist will derive his power from the Dragon - Satan himself.
In fact, following Satan's banishment from Heaven (Revelation
12:9), we learn that Satan will indwell Antichrist at the mid-tribulation
point. When he does so, we learn that he will make this man of lawlessness - Antichrist, the literal embodiment of Satan himself. It is Satan who will provide
Antichrist with the power and authority to rule over the entire world, in every
aspect of its functioning.
"And the beast which I saw was like unto a
leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the
mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and
great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped
the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war
with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and
blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two
months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his
name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto
him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him
over all kindred"s, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth
shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb
slain from the foundation of the world." Revelation 13:2-8
The False Prophet, the other beast, or the second beast, will be the one to lead the world to serve
and worship Antichrist. The False Prophet will be instrumental in arranging for
people to take the mark of the beast.
"And I beheld another beast coming up out
of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And
he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the
earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly
wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down
from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on
the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the
sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should
make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And
he had power to give life unto the image of the beast that the image of the
beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image
of the beast should be killed. 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: 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. 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."
God Reveals his Mark
According to the above scriptures, the Mark of
the Beast is the number 666. Or perhaps, it is the numbers 600, 60, and 6, or
some similar variation. Regardless of how it eventuates, it will literally, and
voluntarily, be received on the right hand or forehead of the non-believer.
The meaning of the mark has always been a much
talked about mystery. There are endless opinions and theories about the number,
how it relates to the beast, and how the masses will accept this mark of
eternal damnation. Some believe the Mark of the Beast is a computer chip
implanted into ones right hand or forehead, while others believe it represents "this
or that" government program (e.g., National ID cards, Social Security numbers,
and so on).
However, the scriptures clearly state that the
number identifies a person, it is the number of a man, and when one takes his mark,
he will knowingly and willingly be accepting Satan as his lord. The one true
God of Heaven has warned us in advance about this, through his prophetic word. Revelation
Who will take the mark?
We must understand the circumstances during which the Mark of the Beast program will be implemented during this horrific time in history, in order to understand why anyone would voluntarily accept it. Prior
to its implementation, first will come the imminent event known as the rapture.
This is when Jesus will come in the air, call for His followers to meet Him
there, and then take them to Heaven in a twinkling of an eye. When more
than two billion people from this planet simply disappear, one can only imagine
the global chaos that will result.
Sometime following the rapture, those left behind will enter
into Daniel's seventieth week, known as the Tribulation. Imagine the state of
things after the rapture, followed by the first few years of the
Tribulation, when cataclysmic events have occurred. The earth and its
inhabitants will be in a state of complete confusion, devastation, and famine.
If one is left behind in the rapture, and happens to survive into the
Tribulation period, he most likely will find himself starving and homeless. Those
people will be desperate for a strong leader, someone to restore peace and
order. They will be eager to receive the false savior-Antichrist.
It is at this time that the handsome, smooth
talking, charismatic politician, known as Antichrist, will rise to power. He
will come bearing promises of peace and prosperity. People will be compelled to
take the Mark of the Beast by his deceitful charm, but also by his side-kick, the
False Prophet, who will deceive them with miraculous signs and wonders.
However, it is apparent, that they will not receive the mark without their
complete and willing consent. According to Revelation 14:11 and 20:4, there
appears to be an oath of acceptance, directly connected to taking the mark, to
worship the beast as ones god. They will also by compelled by the
penalty of rejecting the beast's mark and religion - death by beheading.
"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." Revelation 14:11.
"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them,
and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded
for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had
not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his
mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with
Christ a thousand years." Revelation 20:4.
>Further, if one refuses the mark, as described in Revelation 13:16-17, he will no
longer be able to conduct matters of commerce, leading to starvation and
homelessness. This is his fate so long as he is able to dodge the beast's
Again, the mark will not be forced
upon anyone. It will be eagerly accepted by most, who will be deceived by the
signs and wonders performed by the False Prophet. They will be deceived into
believing Antichrist really is god on earth, deserves their worship and
adoration, and will gladly bear his mark. For the few who are not deceived, they
still will be compelled to accept the mark, to relieve their hunger, and escape
"And he doeth great wonders, so that he
maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth
them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had
power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth,
that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword,
and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast that
the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not
worship the image of the beast should be killed." Revelation 13:13-15.
There will be mass, worldwide deception, with
God sending "strong delusion" to all who willingly believe the beast's lies.
The deception will be so widespread, that the beast and the False Prophet will
even deceive all of mankind into fighting Christ at His second coming.
"Even him, whose coming is after the
working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received
not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God
shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That
they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12. "
"These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength
unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome
them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are
called, and chosen, and faithful." Revelation 17:13-14.
However, before any of this happens, our
merciful God will send a clear message, warning to those who will listen. Revelation
14:6-11 describes three angels bearing three messages. These messages
announce the fall of Babylon through the seven last plagues. The third angel
warns against receiving the mark of the beast.
"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." Revelation 14:9-11.
Unfortunately, many prophecies show that most "all who belong to
the false global religious-economical-political system "will not heed the angel's
clear warning, and instead will be deceived into receiving the mark. "Most of
those who come to faith in Jesus Christ after the Rapture, the Tribulation
Saints, will be martyred for their new found faith."
What are the consequences of taking the mark?
God's word is graphically clear about the
consequences of taking this mark. He tells us that the person taking the mark
will suffer the wrath of His judgment, while on earth, but also will have
committed his soul to eternal damnation in the Lake of Fire, the final destiny
for Antichrist and the False Prophet. That may seem a harsh punishment, but
remember, receiving the Mark of the Beast is not simply an economic decision, allowing
one to feed his family, but also is an act of worship of the Satan-possessed
Antichrist, and a pledge of allegiance to his satanic global regime. God's word
also tells us of the glorious fate of the Tribulation Saints who persevere.
"And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous,
seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath
of God. And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that
had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and
over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of
God." And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues,
clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden
girdles. And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven
angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the
earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there
fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast,
and upon them which worshipped his image. Revelation 15:1-2, 6;
The Only Escape
"There is only one way out of the system of total control that will be implemented with the Mark of
the Beast, and that is through faith in Jesus Christ, who accomplished
and perfected salvation on Calvary's cross when He poured out His blood for the payment of sin. Acceptance of this free gift
of salvation enables us to hear the words with our spiritual ears:"
He that hath an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that over"cometh will I
give to eat of the hidden manna, and will
give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man
knoweth saving he that receiveth it." Revelation 2:17.
Preparing for the Mark of the Beast, by
Arno Froese. Copyright 2006 by Midnight Call Ministries