The Number 666

The Mark of the Beast Versus the Seal of God

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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 (Revelation 13:17-18).

The Bible describes two marks or seals. We choose one or the other. The number 666 also called the mark of the beast represents world power to control financial resources. The Seal of God represents the Lord's acceptance and peace in our lives. During the tribulation, government will pressure the population to receive the mark of the beast. We can choose the Seal of God at any time, even now.

In Matthew 24:21 Jesus explains the entire earth will experience a time of tribulation before the end of the world. No other time in history will compare. In other words, those living here will have difficulties beyond any ever recorded.

for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:21 KJV).

During the tribulation a beast rises to power. The beast has seven heads, ten horns, and ten crowns. Horns and crowns symbolize political power. The beast makes war with the saints. In other words the beast opposes Christians. The beast coerces people into receiving a mark in order to buy or sell (Rev 13:17). That mark is referred to as the mark of the beast or the number 666 (Rev 13:18). The mark will be placed on the right hand or forehead (Rev 13:16).

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations (Revelation 13:7 KJV)

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. (KJV Revelation Chapter 13:13-18)

In modern terms, those who don't receive the mark of the beast (Rev 13:17), will not be able to shop or do business. It seems logical to conclude those without the mark will have difficulty obtaining food, water, shelter, or clothes. For a time the beast receives power to overcome the saints (Rev 13:7). Some Christians will be taken captive and others killed. During the tribulation the world's population must choose between physical survival and faith in Christ.

Happy Ending

However in the end the beast is cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20). All those who wage war against Christ (Rev 19:21) are slain. Those who don't receive the mark of the beast (Rev 20:4) during the tribulation, reign with Christ one thousand years.

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. (KJV Revelation Chapter 20:4)

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 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. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire buring with brimstone. (KJV Revelation Chapter 19:19-20)

Even now, God provides a better mark which seals His followers forever. Many believe those who receive Christ now, avoid the world wide tribulation. That doesn't mean we won't experience trouble at times, however Jesus takes Christians from the earth before the global end time difficulties.

The Better Mark

The Bible includes a better mark called the Seal of God (Rev 7:3). Scripture also places the Seal of God on the forehead and hand.

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads (KJV Revelation Chapter 22:4).

In the book of Exodus chapter thirteen, Moses tells the Israelites to remember God's deliverance from Egypt. Every year the Jewish people celebrate Passover, recounting how the Lord brought them out of slavery. Discussing God's great work helps maintain His law in our hearts. In Exodus 13:8, a sign on the hand and forehead represents remembering and speaking God's law. In context the sign represents an attitude focused on God's Word, rather than a visible mark.

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: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt (Exodus 13:8 KJV).

The book of Revelation also mentions the Seal of God. Locusts with the power of scorpions are told to harm only those people who don't have the the Seal of God (Rev 9:4). The last chapter of the Bible (Revelation Chapter 22), describes the new heaven and earth with the new Jerusalem. Those living in the new Jerusalem will see God's face and his name shall be in their foreheads (Rev 22:4).

Invitation

Jesus said Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed (John 6:27). Those who have given their lives to Christ now, receive the Seal of God.

If you would like to live a life of Peace with Christ, please accept an invitation to live for Christ.

Possible Interpretations

This section does not reference Scripture and is only conjecture. It simply includes a few thoughts to ponder.

There's a growing trend for governments to join together for legal, financial, or military purposes. Additionally, online monitoring easily crosses bounds of personal privacy. Potentially global government could enforce financial controls based on an individual's choices.

Online databases store personal information. With a quick Internet search, we can determine a person's full name, aliases, family members, previous addresses, current address, and phone number. We can find a photograph of where they live. We can obtain the value of their house and the names of other people who live with them. All of that information is available with no special access fees or privileges.

Online search engines such as Google and Bing, gather information about the search queries we make on our computers and mobile phones. Shopping networks such as Amazon and Ebay, store information about our shopping preferences. Brick and Mortar stores keep record of our purchases in their databases.

For those who use social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, or Google Plus, personal photographs may be available. Sometimes that information includes personal preference regarding faith and politics. Other times that information includes what we do for a living, for fun, or who we associate with.

With special access permissions, our credit scores, social security numbers, arrest records, and other sensitive information, are available online. There's a movement to put our health status into databases for medical professionals to access. Our cell phones contain GPS tracker information which provide location information, when we're on the move.

Credit scores, religious affiliation, political outlook, shopping preferences, and more, may be available to anyone with the proper authority.

The governments of communist countries, monitor and control freedoms, which people in Western countries currently take for granted. For example in February 2014, Reuters reported evidence North Korea recently imprisoned, tortured, and killed Christians. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/18/us-korea-north-un-idUSBREA1H1FG20140218

The European Union (EU), United Nations (UN), Arab League, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), represent combined government. In other words those organizations govern groups of nations. The trend continues to add nations to similar leagues. Perhaps someday the governments of all countries will combine.

GPS microchips can be inserted under the skin of your pet. Information such as the location of the pet and name of the owner, can be included.

What will we do if government requires every individual to receive microchip identification for financial transactions? Perhaps the microchip would provide privileges to buy and sell, based on politically acceptable behaviors. Regardless even without a microchip, global electronic commerce easily extends into individual lives even now.

However, we decide which mark we receive. Outside sources can only monitor our choices. God will rule the world in His time and only He is Good. Therefore His mark excels above all else.

If you would like to live a life of Peace with Christ, please accept an invitation to live for Christ.

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