Mark of the Beast, 666. What is the mark of the beast? Of all the topics in the Bible, this is the one that most people have some sort of opinion on. There are numerous different interpretations of what the ‘mark’ is. But which one is right? What is the ‘mark of the beast’ and ‘the number of his name, 666.’ We can find the truth only in the Word of God.
666 Mark of the Beast
The majority view of the 'mark' will be a microchip or some sort of ID card. But think about this, if you were to receive a chip or ID card, but continued to serve God with all your heart and soul, would you have the mark of the beast and therefore be lost? Of course not, if you continue to serve God truly in spirit and truth, as His Word declares we should (John 4:24), then no chip or card will separate you from Him. Maybe the beast system will use a chip or ID card to identify those who don't bow down to it, but in of itself, a chip or ID cannot be the 'mark'. So what IS the mark, 666?
To receive the 'mark of the beast' you HAVE to go against God and His law. This is an important point to make. How could you receive the wrath of God if you just simply have a form of worldly ID, but continue to serve Him with all your heart and soul and keep His Commandments? It's just 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.
Let's find out the Bible truth about what the mark is:
In Revelation 14, we have the three angels messages, and in these messages we have the great warning from God to those who would receive the 'mark'. This warning tells us that those who receive the mark of the beast 666, will receive the full wrath of God, so this is a very important issue to learn the truth about .....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.' ......We must heed this warning and find out what the 'mark' is from the Bible.
Revelation 14:12 …..' Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' …… This verse follows the the verse that warns of receiving the 'mark'. So God tells us the difference between those who receive the 'mark' and those who don't. And the difference is 'Keeping the Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.' So those who receive the 'mark of the beast' (666) will be breaking the Commandments of God and not following in Jesus' footsteps. Afterall, Jesus kept the Commandments.
Notice that the 'mark' is either received in the 'forehead' or in the 'hand'..... 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.'
The 'mark of the beast' 666, isn't the only thing that is placed in people's foreheads. If you carry on reading past the 'mark' in Revelation 13:16-18, straight away in Revelation 14, we come across a group of people that have the 'Father's name written in their foreheads.' So, at the end time, one group of people has the 'mark of the beast' and the other group has the name of God in their foreheads. But will there be people actually walking around with 666 or God's name physically stamped onto their foreheads? Or again, could it be a spiritual 'mark'.
John also saw an evil scarlet woman riding a beast in Revelation 17:5 …. "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS". This is symbolic Bible prophecy. There will be no real prostitute riding about on a beast with seven heads. Therefore, that mysterious name on her forehead must also be symbolic, the same as the writing or 'mark' on the people's foreheads.
So why are the people marked on the hand or the head? Let's take a look into the Old Testament to 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 isn't saying that He wanted the Israelites to actually write His law on their heads or hands with a permanent marker. On reflection, we should be able to work out what God meant. God wanted His Word/Law INSIDE their minds. He wanted them to think about His Words and commandments each day, so that they wouldn't stumble and sin. The same with the writing in the hand, this represents the actions. God wanted His Word to reflect in the way they acted. 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 we will have one group of people (the majority) during the end times that give their minds and actions to the beast, and they will receive the 'mark of the beast.' And there will be another group (the remnant) that will yield their minds and actions to God, and will have His name sealed in their heads (mind). This is a spiritual seal or mark. One that God recognizes.
If someone said ask you what is the name of God, what would you say? Is it only a bunch of words God would like us to use when we address Him, or does this issue go deeper and 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 God proclaims His name to Moses…… 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 is describing His character. These amazing attributes above in His Word are referred to as 'the name of the LORD.' In a prayer to His Father, our Saviour 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.' ...In His life, Jesus revealed the true character of God, He didn't just pronounce God's name the right way. So the Bible truth is that when people have the name of God on their foreheads, it means that they have His attributes of character and His character has become a deep part of the way they live. They keep the Commandments of God and are truly connected with Jesus Christ. In the final days, God will have a people who are firmly rooted in His law of liberty and in His attributes of character and they will not be deceived or go along with 666 the number of the Beast. We are clearly dealing with spiritual issues, issues of the heart and minds of people.
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 is the final call before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. This angel shouts with a loud voice calling us to worship 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 are those who follow and worship God, and those who follow and worship the beast.
Revelation 14:12 ….' Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' …… Remember, keeping the ten Commandments of God and following in Jesus footsteps and having a true loving relationship with Him has a major role to play in NOT receiving the 'mark of the beast'. Those who accept the gospel, believe and follow Christ the Creator, and keep the commandments, these will not worship the beast and receive his mark.
So who is this end time 'beast' that will enforce the 'mark'? It's his mark, so we need to know who it is. This beast system is none other than the Roman Catholic Church.
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.' ……. We know the Roman Catholic Church has 'thought' to change the law of God, because they have boasted about it for centuries! No one can change God's Laws and that's why they only 'think' they have changed them. Notice that they think to change 'TIMES'. There is only one Commandment that has to do with time, and that is the Sabbath Commandment.
Don't miss this vital point. Do you remember where the mark will be? In the head and hand.
Exodus 20:8 ….' Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.' …… Where do we 'remember'? In our minds, 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.' ……. We work with our hands.
Did you see the connection there. To receive the mark of the beast we would have to go against God with our minds and hands. The Sabbath Commandment deals with WHO we worship.
Now, 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).
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
We can see from these above quotes (and there are many more) that the Roman Catholic Church boasts about changing the Law of God, especially the Sabbath Commandment, because this one has to do with who we worship. Do we worship the Creator, or do we worship the Roman Church. And just like "the name" of God refers to His character (Exodus 34:5-7), even so does "the name of the beast" refer to it's own character. The beast (Roman Catholic Church) "thinks" it's OK to change God's law (Daniel 7:25). Those who think like this during the closing seconds of time will be sharing in the character of the beast. They will have it's name on their foreheads, instead of the name of the heavenly Father (Revelation 14:1).
The Sunday law is coming. It has been enforced before and it will be enforced again soon. The Roman Catholic Church are working hard to push through this law. Click Coming Sunday Law for more about this.
Most of the world is waiting for this microchip or ID card to come along, which they think will be the mark of the beast, and if you receive it, you will be lost. But think about it. We are dealing with satan here, the master deceiver. He isn't going to make something that will be obvious, and actually this belief in a microchip being the mark is to sidetrack people so they don't know the truth and will be deceived. The TRUE mark is going to involve subtle deception.....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.' ……This is why satan has cleverly introduced Sunday as the substitute to God's original Sabbath Day (7th Day, our Saturday). Satan wants YOUR worship, he doesn't want you to worship God.
Please see 666 Number of the Beast for more info on the number 666.
Interesting Note: The number of the beast is 666. Notice how many times God repeats the number 7 in this 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. The number of the beast is 666, God's number is 777.
Choose who you will worship. Will you follow Jesus and keep the Commandments of God (including the 4th commandment), or will you worship the beast (Roman Catholic Church) and keep her commands? The choice is simple, but the rewards are VERY different!