Time, Truth & Wisdom

Chapter 22---The Antichrist & the Mark of the Beast

     Revelation 13:18 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.

     Just so that we start out on the same page after reading the above verse let’s examine some of the original Greek words from which we get the above translated English words:

     Wisdom = sunesis; native insight, understanding, capacity to apprehend; of reflective thought.

     Understanding = nous; Dr. Bullinger points out that seven times it is translated as “understanding” and seventeen times as “mind”.

     Count = psephizo; to calculate or compute. To use pebbles in enumeration.

     Man = anthropos (anth'-ro-pos); from NT:435 and ops (the countenance; from NT:3700); man-faced, i.e. a human being:

     And with the definition of the word “man” as being “man-faced”; or, for example, “a human being” we have uncovered the basis or root of a lot of misconception and controversy. Let me point out to you again that you cannot take the English-translated words of the King James Bible, 1611, much less the newer translations that are quite popular today, and take them at face value every time.

     I have quoted from Dr. Bullinger’s scholarly biblical work before in this book and I am going to do it again in this instance concerning the usage/translation of the word “man” in this particular verse. I am quoting from the Companion Bible, Appendix 123: The Synonymous Words For “Man”, “Men”.

     Sometimes the word “man” is added in translating the Masculine Gender of Adjectives or Nouns, in which case it is NOT one of the words given below:

     1) Anthropos.

     2) Aner.

     In other words, Dr. Bullinger is explaining that the word “man” was used to transfer the masculine gender to the noun “beast”.  Don’t let this be a stumbling block for you because it really is very simple. The transcribers of the Original Manuscripts were not trying to imply that the “beast” was a “man”, i.e., a human being, but rather the “beast” was of the male gender and not the female gender, ok?

     A “man-faced entity” would probably have worked better since the beast, which is the subject of the verse, is Satan in his role as Antichrist. Satan will be in a spiritual body and since we are made in the image and likeness of God and the angles then Satan, in his role as Antichrist, will look just like us or, more profoundly, just like the true Jesus Christ.

 

     The verse is absolutely not saying that the beast will be a man or a human being.

     And therein, as they like to say, lies the rub. Too many people for too long of a time have been told that the Antichrist will be a human being, a man, and it absolutely is not true.

     And lastly, lets look at six hundred threescore and six. In the above number the “six hundred” is pretty plain to see; a “score” of something is 20 and “three” score would be 60 and the number 6 will stand alone. So, if we add them all together we get: 600 + 60 (three score) + 6 = 666.

     Many people believe that the mark of the beast will be a tattoo on their forehead or one on the back of their hand and that the tattoo will be the number of the beast: 666. Some believe that it will be a computer chip implanted under their skin.

 

     How else, they argue, can we buy and sell during the time of the Antichrist? To further validate their argument they will point out that you can take Fido the dog or Sylvester the cat to your local veterinarian and have them “chipped”, a process that embeds a computer chip just under the skin that can be used for identification purposes should the animal become lost.

 

     Why, then, would it not be possible to use the same technology on humans? Sorry, but it just won’t wash.

     In ancient times it was common among a lot of people to make a very intense study of numbers and their relationship to languages, as they believed that this would open up a pathway for revealing secret messages within the Scriptures.

 

     Gematria is a system by which each letter of the alphabet would have a corresponding number assigned to it and the numbers would be added together to produce a value that was to have a meaning of some significance.

     Many so-called scholars thought that the number 666 refers to the Roman emperor Nero whose name can be valued at this number through the use of numerology. It was supposed to be a way of speaking against Nero without the authorities knowing about it and you getting yourself into trouble for doing so.

 

     In other words, you could say bad things or write bad things about Nero and substitute the numbers 666 for his name and you might escape being put to death.

     Others believed that the number of the beast should be 616 because they assign it to Emperor Caligula. Apparently, some believed that Caligula was the beast but the numbers didn’t add up correctly to produce the required number through numerology, so even if the book of Revelation says that the number is 666 and Caligula’s number calculates to be 616 they simply ignored the Original Manuscripts to make their numbers correspond to their current beliefs.

     What?

     By and large, a study of Biblical numerics, Biblical mathematics and numerology, in general, doesn’t really interest me with the exception of the first twelve numbers; 1-12 and some multiples of these.

 

     If you keep these numbers in the back of your mind as you read the Scriptures you will find that the number 3 represents the Trinity; the number 7 represents spiritual perfection; the number 12 represents government or law; the number 4 represents the earth and the number 6 represents mankind and Satan. Did you pick up on that obvious clue?

     An example of a multiple of a number would be 12 x 12,000 = 144,000. This number represents 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel that will have the seal of God in their mind before the four angels of Revelation release the four winds which ultimately will bring about the end of this dispensation.

     Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

     This is also a good example of the number 4 being representative of the earth due to the 4 winds that blow from 4 different compass directions: North, South, East, and West.

     There are four perfect numbers in the Scriptures and they are 3, 7, 10 and 12. A remarkable finding is that if you multiply all four of these numbers together you get the number 2520. (3x7x10x12=2520). This number can be divided by any number 1-9 without having any remainder.

     So, if the mark of the beast is the number 666 but it is not a tattoo or a bar code or a microchip, then what is it? Why was it so important to our Father that we should be aware of these three sixes?

     There is so much nonsense out there concerning this mark that the only place that we can find the truth is from the mouth of Jesus Christ:

     Revelation 14:9 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 keyword in this verse is the word “IN”. The mark IN his forehead is not a physical mark, it is a mental mark. This mental mark of the beast, the Antichrist, is the exact opposite of the seal of God. The mark of the beast is a belief in the deception of the Antichrist, having you believe that he is the true Christ when, in fact, he is not.

     The mark IN his hand means that you are doing the work of the beast, the Antichrist. And when preachers/pastors continually tell their congregation that they are going to be raptured out of here before the arrival of the Antichrist they are doing the work of the beast today and many of them don’t even realize it.

     The opposite of the mark of the beast is having the seal of God in your forehead:

     Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

    Now, this begs the question: why would it say only those men, if, as the proponents of the rapture theory keep telling us, the church and the Christians and the believers are gone? In this verse, only those men is a separator, a qualifier and it pretty much puts humanity into two groups: those that have the seal of God in their foreheads and those that have the mark of the beast in their foreheads.

     These three words give credence to the fact that there will be no rapture of the saints. We that are living at the time of the tribulation of the Antichrist will remain right here and go through this period. There is no such thing as “those left behind” as that series of movies will have you believe. Will it be rough on Christians who do not believe that the Antichrist is the true Christ? You bet but how strong is your faith?

     It has been said that “fear of the unknown is the cornerstone of faith” and if you remove the fear associated with this tribulation period by telling everyone that they will be raptured out of here before the event happens then it makes everyone rest a little more easily. They can comfort themselves by believing that they will not have to experience this tribulation period.

 

     Hey, I have an idea: instead of comforting people by telling them a lie, why not comfort them by telling them the TRUTH?

     People who believe in this theory put their eternal soul at great risk because it will be extremely difficult to resist the Antichrist. He will be so powerful that in Mark 24:22 Jesus shortened that three and one-half year tribulation period to only five months as we will see in just a minute.

     This locust army, by command of God Himself, cannot hurt or harm anyone that has what? That has the seal of God in their foreheads. You cannot have both seals in your mind at the same time. You can be tattooed from head to toe and it won’t matter one twit to God as long as you know that the Antichrist comes before the true Christ and that he is a fake.

 

     With the seal of God in your forehead, you become one of God’s Anointed, one of His Elect and nothing can touch you or hurt you.

     It is absolutely that simple but what you must do is receive the seal of God BEFORE Satan is kicked out of heaven and comes to this earth to deceive the entire world. You must educate yourself in the Scriptures so that you will know the difference between the true and the fake.

 

     You won’t be able to resist him if you rely on a baseless faith. You must have a solid foundation in your mind or you will waver when the Antichrist wields his power and performs his miracles. If you don’t have that knowledge, that foundation, you might end up like the five virgins that didn’t have enough oil in their lamps:

     Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

     The subject is the kingdom of heaven and we’re going to be given an example of why five virgins made it there and five virgins that did not. The bridegroom is Jesus Christ and we will be spiritually married to Him.

     Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

     Five of them took the time to understand who the fake messiah was. They studied the Scriptures, they did their homework.

     Matthew 25:3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

     The oil, the olive oil, is symbolic of how much you know about the truth of the Bible. They didn’t do any homework; they only listened to a verse or two every Sunday morning.

     Matthew 25:4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

     Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

     They didn’t have any idea of when Christ would come. Remember Mark 13:32?   

     Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

     All ten of these virgins thought that were prepared and waiting for that spiritual marriage but Christ had not yet come and they fell asleep.

     Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

     Matthew 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

     Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

     The time of truth had come and five of them realized that they had fallen short; they didn’t have enough spiritual knowledge to get them through.

     Matthew 25:9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

     Hurry now, go out and look around and see if some bag-of-wind Sunday morning preacher can quickly give you some semblance of the truth of the Scriptures to let you know whether the Antichrist comes before the true Christ.

     Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

     You cannot wait until the Antichrist appears in Jerusalem and then realize that you have been duped, it is far too late. You can’t wait until the false one appears and then realize that your mind contains only this verse and that verse and...

 

     “I think that I remember my pastor saying something about that last year”.

 

     You certainly are convinced that you believe in the Lord but if it is a belief that can be altered or transferred by the apostasy, if there is no Biblical meat in your brain then when you are tested by this fake messiah you will probably fall flat on your face. Is that what you want?

     It’s up to you, people; whom are you going to believe? Some idiot behind a pulpit at your church? Some idiot with a television ministry? Some idiot with a web site or the words of Jesus Christ?

 

     Will times be hard during that five-month period when you can’t buy or sell without the mark of the Antichrist? Probably but how much faith do you really have? Do you think that our Father will just throw you to the wolves and let them chew you up for believing His Word? Believing in the letter that He wrote to you where He tells you that He will protect you?

     Let’s go back to the verse at the beginning of this chapter and I’ll give it again so that we have it before us:

     Revelation 13:18 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.

     I’m going to give you a heads-up on something: anytime that you see the words “Here is wisdom” you had better listen closely. Wisdom should give you insight and understanding. Understanding concerning what? How to count the number of the beast. Well then, what does this word “count” mean?

     Count_NT: 5585 psephizo (psay-fid'-zo); from NT: 5586; to use pebbles in enumeration.

     The prime root of 5585 is 5586 so let’s see what that word means:

     Prime Root_NT: 5586 psephos (psay'-fos); from the same as NT: 5584; a pebble (as worn smooth by handling)

     Don’t get all upset if you don’t remember these two Greek words because it’s their meaning that’s important.

 

     It means to use pebbles to count with and these pebbles have been worn smooth by handling them while you are counting.

 

     Imagine, if you will, a rock with sharp edges being thrown into a creek. Do you know how long it will take for the friction of the water on the rock to wear the sharp edges down to where the rock is smooth all over? Eons. Ages.

     If you will remember, there was someone else that was associated with a mark. It happened a long, long time ago and his name was Cain and it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. And who was Cain’s father? The Serpent. Lucifer. The Devil. Satan.

     What is being said here is that the number of the beast happened eons ago.

     The number six is always associated with man and Satan and the number 666 simply means that Satan/Antichrist will have his day at the time of the 6th seal, the 6th vial and the 6th trump. It is at this time that Satan will appear in his role as Antichrist.

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

     The tribulation of the Antichrist.

     Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.

     Those days have been shortened to a five-month period of the Antichrist:

     Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

     What happens if you receive the mark of the beast, if you don’t have the seal of God in your forehead, if you believe in tattoos and all that nonsense?

     Revelation 14:10 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:

     Revelation 14:11 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.

     The smoke of their torment will ascend up forever and ever; like a drop of fat on a lump of hot coal. They will perish forever.

     Quite a penalty to pay after you have had an entire lifetime of opportunity to discover and learn the difference between the Antichrist and the true Christ.

 

     The prefix “anti” usually means “against” in our modern-day English usage but here in the Greek language it means “instead of.”

 

     Satan is going to be the “instead-of-christ” Are you willing to go to the “instead-of-heaven” rather than the true heaven because you allowed yourself to become lazy and you let some preacher who may know less about the Bible than you do to take you down that road to perdition?