Over the centuries, many people have thought about 666 or the mark of the beast.
The Book of Revelation calls for wisdom and insight to understand the 666 mark. Satan uses 666 to bring fear to many of God’s children. 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.
The Devils Mark Almost everyone has heard about the number 666. Why shouldn’t the Devil have his own mark for his followers? God sealed and marked his people in chapter 7, and he measured them for his Temple in chapter 11. Satan wants everything that the Lord has. If the old serpent could have a mark for his followers, he might creep away and pout. 666-Wisdom Needed Jesus Christ gave the readers of Revelation two warnings in chapter 13. In verse 9, he said that we needed to listen with our spiritual ears to hear the meaning of the two beasts. Verse 18 calls for wisdom so we can calculate the number.
We need to use wisdom and insight from the Holy Spirit to understand the meaning of the mark of the beast. If we just read the words, we wont comprehend the true spiritual meaning. John wrote the Revelation of Jesus Christ for the entire Gospel Age. The early church probably would have put it aside if they had believed it was only for the end days.
The early church did put Revelation aside because Jesus had John write it for their time and for our time. The principles in Revelation have applied to every age; therefore, the 666 mark was for every Age. Calculate with Wisdom We look at the number six for it is mans number. Seven gives us the symbol for perfection and the creation of God. God created man on the sixth day, or one day less than perfection.
John says we need wisdom to understand how to calculate the number of the beast. The word count (psephizo) means to compute or to calculate. We calculate the number 666 by multiplying 10 10 6 + 10 6 + 6 = six hundred plus sixty plus six, or 666.
The Lord gives wisdom to understand the symbols of the Bible. Six gives us the number of man. Six times ten times ten tells us that the number of man is complete or squared. The number 666 simply points to a symbolic mark given to men, women, and children of the world who do not follow Christ. Jesus indicates in Revelation that we have either the seal of God or the mark of the beast.
The seal and the mark symbolize what people serve while on earth. The mark of the beast and or the seal of God point to the loyalty of each person to Satan or to God. Choose the Seal or Mark The beast puts the mark on his right hand or on his forehead. The right hand symbolizes what people do with their hands and their actions in life. The mark on the forehead symbolizes the way people think. If a person does the deeds of the world and thinks evil, then the beast gives him a 666 mark.
The Lord looks at our hearts and knows our thoughts (Ps. 139:23). Our Lord tells us that out of our hearts come thoughts of evil, which do not come from God (Matt. 15:19). Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 666 and the Devil wait to mark victims So then, a persons mind, heart, and spirit control his thoughts and actions. If a mans heart leads him toward God, then Gods spirit will control his life. If a mans heart leads him toward the world, then the Devils spirit will control his life.
A person who dies with the Devils mark will go to judgment. If a person living for the world repents and begins to follow Jesus, then God removes the 666 mark and seals the person for eternal life. Hallelujah! Glory to God who wants all to repent and come to him. 666 The Literal Mark The black horse of the third seal leads the charge to deny economic trading to Christians.
The black horse persecutes Christians in monetary ways. If a Christian lives in a country where the government is anti-Christian, then the government persecutes him. Under government oppression Christians cannot buy or sell when they confess that Jesus is Lord. Because of Satan’s bitterness and his twisted humor, the Antichrist will bring out a literal 666 number in the years ahead. Revelation speaks to the entire Church Age, but it also speaks truths for that brief time at the end. The Devil will do this to fulfill Gods Word in the final years just before the return of Jesus Christ.
The Antichrist and the governments will use 666 to identify the people in the world. This will put fearful pressure on Christians and cause much suffering…. The first beast will control the banking system. The Antichrist will then require anyone using the 666 mark to give allegiance to the world system of government. Satan, who controls the world system, will demand that people reject their relationship with Jesus Christ.
This will help set the stage for persecution of the Christian Church. When and if it gets to this point, I don’t have any easy answers. Every child of God will need to pray and listen to the Holy Spirit for direction. Sometimes when I am praying and thinking about the Lord, I can sense the presence of the Lord around me. His presence is refreshing like the smell of the air after a summer rain shower.
The summer showers sweeten and freshen the air while they renew the land. Coming into the peaceful presence of Jesus refreshes and renews me. When I am in the arms of the Lord, there is no better place. The world gives nothing: in the end, only Jesus matters.