What's the Mark-of-the-Beast?
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The answer, in brief is: It is the same type of mark as described elsewhere in Revelation. A spiritual mark that only God and the angels can see. God has his own "mark" in Revelation, and both Gods mark and the mark-of-the-beast were used in the First Century. Which means it cant be "bar code" or your SSN or any RFID chip that IBM might develop.
God is going to put a mark on his followers too:
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. KJV
This is obviously a spiritual mark or name too. They are all spiritual marks in the Book of Rev. To look for bar code or an RFid chip implanted or memorization of ones SSN as the Mark of the Beast, is greatly in error.
Then again, the 144,000 are marked with Gods seal, in Rev 7:2, but I hear NO Dispys or Premills, maintaining that this is barcode, or a chip or a memorized SSN. Nope, now they spiritualize it, even though it too happens on their foreheads.
Rev. 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east , having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 7:3 Saying , Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 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.
Rev 9:3-5 Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 9:4They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
Now for the mark of the beast.
As R.J. Rushdoony starts out all his tapes: “Let us consider the relevant texts”:
These are the verses in Revelation that speak of the Mark of the Beast.
Revelation 13:11-18 NAS
13:11 Then I saw another beast(1) coming up out of the earth (2); and he had two horns like a lamb(3) and he spoke as a dragon(4). 13:12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence.(5) And he makes the earth (land) and those who dwell in it to worship(6) the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed(7). 13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth(8) in the presence of men. 13:14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast,(9) telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast(10) who had the wound of the sword and has come to life. 13:15 And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast(11) to be killed. 13:16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead,(12) 13:17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell(13), except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast(14) or the number of his name(15). 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
(1) Like all the beasts of Rev., this is a construct-over-time or symbol of multiple related people. This LAND beast represents the leaders of the “land” i.e. the land of Israel. He also goes by the name “the false prophet” in
Rev 19:20 “And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.”
(2)Greek gamma epsilon “ge” pronounced “gay” should be translated “land” for “land of Israel”
(3) The two horns, represent church and state. This is mocking or counterfeiting or “emulating for evil, like anti-Christ” the Lamb of God who is head of church and state (and the government shall rest upon His shoulders). The Land beast starts out, when Rev. was written being “the Herods” and the High Priest, but after the Jewish Rebellion when the High priest is killed it ends up just being John, head of the Zealots, in the final days of the siege of Jerusalem.
The actions of the land beast are not listed in chronological order here, even though it is a construct-over-time, even as the actions of the sea beast (Roman Empire – Nero) are not listed in chronological or logical order in Rev 13:1-10. We are tipped off early to this fact by Rev 13:1 which lists the empires that composed the sea beast in reverse order from which they actually occurred in History per Daniel 7 (reverse chronological order).
The chronological order should be lion (Babylon), Bear (Persia), leopard (Greece), terrible (Rome). So, don’t expect everything that these constructs-over-time, do, to be in chronological order. For example the sea beast has his fatal wound, then gets healed of it (Roman Empire apparently “dead” after Nero suicides, then reviving under Vespasian) in 13:3. But after that in 13:5 we are back in time, with Nero being alive uttering proud and blasphemous things and “waging war against the saints and conquering them” in a Great Tribulation that lasted time, times and half a time (3 and ½ years) or 42 months.
It would be the same principle (non chronological order, but some other logical order of Gods) if I prophesied to pastor John Robinson, William Bradford and William Brewster before they left Europe in the Mayflower. "You will be known as Pilgrims, and land at Plymouth Rock. Half of you wont make it another year. You will drop the ball big time in having the opportunity to set up a Theocracy in a New Nation. Instead you will settle for a secular Republic.
But you will found a great empire who will spread across the entire continent from the east sea to the west sea, and she will kill many of her sons, wearing the blue and the gray over the states right to secede from the union 625,000; to bring two economies (Germany and Japan) seeking their independence from the Rothschild Zionist World Government, back under that World Government 405,399; to bring the economies of Germany, Austria Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey back under that same World Government in the "war to end all wars", 116,516; to gain her own independence from the Brits, 25,000." In this pseudo prophecy, these items are not in Chronological order, but they are in number-of-casualties-order, so likewise, Rev. 13 listing the characteristics and sins of the Beasts are not in chronological order but are in some other order known perhaps only to God). Omitting Vietnam 58k and Korea 36k, which were police actions, not wars, so our POWs (prisoners of war) did not even have the protection of the Geneva convention.
Just like calling terrorists "enemy combatants" today gets the US Government around giving them all the judicial trial rights of a citizen. Like calling a baby, "fetal tissue" gets the abortionist (and consenting mother) around MURDER. There have been at least 57,762,169 Abortions in America Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
If we add (in ALL) the victims of abortion (dead mothers + dead babies) to the total US death rate, i.e deaths per day = 10,677 from ALL causes (lightening strikes, snake bites, drug overdoses, medical mal practice, dying in ones sleep, war, car accidents, everything), Abortion related deaths account for more than 37% of deaths in the United States. To put that percentage in perspective, 15.3% of that 10,677 die from heart disease (the second leading cause of death according to the CDC) 14.5% from cancer, and so on. circa 2009 (the most recent data available). This data was taken from http://flfamily.org/life/abortion-is-leading-cause-of-death/
(4) The dragon here, is the devil. To speak “as a dragon” means “as if belonging to”, or “as being from”.
(5) The Herods had to buy their office of King-over-Israel, from the Romans. They were Romes' puppets, Romes' surrogates, they ruled instead of or in place of Rome. The Roman guard even held the high priests robes and in order to do the once a year holy of holies sacrifice, the high priest had to go to the Roman Guard to get his vestments.
(6) “worship” here means “serve”. To serve, respect, fear and obey. Of course if you asked the average Jew back in Herods day, if they “worshiped” Rome, they would say “no-way”, we worship Yahweh. But the truth is, when given a choice between their messiah and Caesar, they said “we have no king but Caesar. The Jewish leadership continued to use this weapon against the Christians even after Jesus death, Acts 17:7 ...these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar saying, That there is another king, one Jesus.
Likewise when it came time to back the popular (and righteous and wise) miracle worker-healer or the cruel Roman Empire, the Jewish Leadership opted to serve Rome.
John 11:47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. 11:48“If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” 11:49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 11:50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” … 11:53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him. 11:54 Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews …
I hope you, dear reader see the correspondence to Numbers 13:28 Say unto them, “As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; “ … 13:31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in , and they shall know the land which ye have despised . God sent them their last procurator, Gessius Florus who was so bad according to Josephus that he provoked them into rebellion in AD 66.
After this, of course, it could not be said that the Jews “worshiped” or “served” the Romans. That is the Jews in Judea. But the wealthy, Jewish merchants across the empire, and in Rome, were still in Romes service.
(7) The first beast whose fatal wound was healed is the Roman Empire, the Sea Beast.
(8) “earth” here should be translated “land”, I.e. the land of Israel. To “make fire come down out of Heaven” is to speak for God and do Gods Judgments, holding the official place of Gods prophet (as Elijah did in the days of old). That would have been the high priest of Israel at this time. He spoke for God, and did Gods official judgments (in the eyes of the people).
(9) “earth” in verse 14 should be “land” as in land of Israel. And the signs that the land beast (rulers of the zealots) performed at this time 66-70AD were claiming that the impossible defeats of the Romans as of late, were a sign that God was with us. Had they not chased Gessius Florus and his troops back to Caesarea. Had not Cestius (Roman General over Syria’s legions) and his 30,000 legionnaires plus all their auxiliaries, besieged the city and then suddenly given up, and turned tail and ran. Had not Vespasian entered the land with all his legions and mid invasion, halted and returned to Rome to take care of business (war) at the capitol? These are signs, wonders, miracles (better than any lightening bolt or vision or prophecy) that God is with us.
(10) “make an image to the beast” should really be “make an image of the beast”. The image we are going to make is a militarily strong conquering army, just like Romes'. Josephus boasts that the reason he was able to hold out so long at Jotapata was that he had trained his men in the “roman way” of war. The Zealots running Jerusalem were building a conquering empire backed by God, in the peoples minds. Otherwise they would cower before Rome and the “lets return to Rome” crowd (all the Sadducees and rich Jews) would win the day.
(11) Read Josephus. If any of the three gangs that were fighting for hegemony over Jerusalem got wind that you were of the “lets return to Rome” party, (the lets surrender and make peace with Rome, party) they would kill you. You had to be in strong support of the “IMAGE or LIKENESS of the Beast” i.e. the new conquering empirical Israel, that would shortly throw off the Roman yoke. Giving this image “breath” so that it could even “speak” are just illusions to breathing life into an idea. That military, rebellious, now that the temple is finished being built (in AD 64), empire Israel is invincible. God is with us, and many false Christs (messiahs) had arisen.
(12) here at Rev 13:16 we jump back in time to another characteristic of the land beast. From Jesus day on, the scribes and pharisees would kick you out of the synagogue (out of Judaism) if you became a follower of Jesus. It stayed this way all through the New Testament era, and right up until the end of the age, i.e. destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The mark of the Beast “of course” had to be on your hand or forehead.
Deuteronomy 11:18 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.” Even as Proverbs says “to write them on the tablets of your hearts.”
Being a marked man i.e. “mark of the Beast” type man from 30 to 66AD right up to the rebellion, meant you were a patriotic Jew, claiming “we have no king but Caesar” and meanwhile manipulating Rome into killing off all your enemies (especially the Christians, via Poppea at the throne). It meant in effect worshiping, i.e. serving the sea beast in place of what you should have been doing towards God.
This didn't hold after the 66AD rebellion, but after that you were worshiping and serving the IMAGE of the sea Beast, i.e. the Jewish Nation militarized. But at the time Rev. was written, 62 AD, you worshiped (served, feared, respected) the Roman beast, and it's head (Nero Caesar) official name: Neron Kaiser which adds up to 6 hundred, 60 and 6 in Hebrew. Remember I warned you that actions of these BEAST constructs-over-time would not be in chronological order.
(13) cant “buy or sell” means kicked out of the synagogue. Your business will fail, no good Jew will sell you supplies or buy your retail product or else the Sanhedrin will come down on them for trading with the enemy.
John 9:22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. 23For this reason his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” John 12:42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; John 16:2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.
The only ones forbidding “buying and selling” were the Jews, and likewise it only happened in the “land” not over the whole “earth”. Jews couldn't go to Rome and say “starve the Christians businesses”. Just like today, they give preference to their fellow Jews, and if a Christian opens up a shop over in Israel today, he can expect to starve for want of business from fellow Jews. He might be able to sell to Palestinians or tourist Christians.
Even today Americas' “sanctions” are a form of the mark of the beast. Russia, Iran, you cant buy or sell to other countries because you aren't part of the Zionist world order. Of course the USA puppet of Israel is trying to enforce this, as though we ruled the world. America has so totally become a “partaker of her (Israels) sins” that we deserve Gods wrath to the utmost. Especially the Judiazing Christians, CUFI, pastor Hagee, etc.
Concerning what they are “buying and selling” I differ from my favorite theologian James B Jordan on this. He spiritualizes all the commerce verses in Rev. He points out that “I advise you to buy from me GOLD refined by fire (church of Laodicea)” cant mean literal gold or silver. It has to mean spiritual rewards up in heaven. Likewise Jordan would say the “buying and selling” are just acts of worship at the temple or at synagogue, and all the commerce of Babylon, the great city, in Rev 18:9-ff is not literal, physical cargo (Jerusalem was no seaport city, and no ships captain would approach her or mourn over her) but they just represent acts of worship in synagogues around Judea and elsewhere in the known world. Jordan would say that all but one of these verses closely ally themselves with worshiping the beast.
The buying and selling are spiritual transactions. You offer your time and services to Satan, and he gives you riches, power, worldly wisdom, etc. in exchange. If you aren’t worshiping Yahweh, then God counts you as a Satan or Beast worshiper. (the Beast being the religion of my countries own power like Nero/Rome had).
I differ from Jordan here. I think the cargoes of Rev 18 are literal. I think that the Jews had spread over the entire the Roman Empire, and established themselves in many a seaport city as wealthy merchants. Their influence in Rome was to the point of Jewess "Poppea" marrying Nero the emperor and suggesting that he blame the burning of Rome on the Christians, which caused the Great Tribulation of 64 to 67AD. Their influence on every other empire, Babylonian (Daniel under Nebuchadnezzar), Persian (Queen Esther), (not much is known about the Greek period), the USA, Europe (under the Rothschild thumb since the 1800s), etc. They prosper each other, and quickly establish coalitions until they can control an industry, then by alternatively causing artificial scarcity to run up prices and make huge profits, and by occasionally holding prices down (even at a temporary loss to themselves) to drive competition out of business, to re-establish their monopolies in the first place, they slowly gain control over sectors of the economy and even a country, just listen to mein kampf to see how they operated in Austria and Germany pre WW2. These cargoes of Rev 18 are being sold at seaports all around the Roman known world. The key here is verse
Rev 18: 9“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
If these merchants were as Jordan proposes synagogue officials, chief priests, scribes, and pharisees, "buying and selling" worship, i.e. trading in worship and mens lives (who got kicked out of the synagogue and whose business got prospered) and souls, then why would they "stand afar off" they would have identified with Jerusalem. But I'll get into that more later on when I exposit Revelation 18. Of course I believe that the “gold refined by fire” that the church of Laodicia was to buy is spiritual.
(14) the name of the beast is (Rome, personified in Nero Caesar),
(15) the number of the beast is 666, explained above in (12) and see the link Who is the Beast of Revelation? for a more detailed explanation of this, or buy the book “The Beast of Revelation” by Ken Gentry. It may be freely available off Gary North Free Books for download pdf, or buy it used in hard copy off Amazon.com
Revelation 14:9-11 NAS
Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone(1) worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11“And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the perseverance(2) of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
(1) To qualify as “anyone” here, remember what the “image of the beast” is. It is Judaism made after the likeness of Rome. This verse only applies to those who had exchanged the worship of the true God for worshiping the power of Rome, at first, then after the rebellion of AD64 of Jewry. If you were living in, say Germania, or Gaul, or England, and you served Rome, and were a Gentile, it didn't mean you had taken the mark. To have the mark of the beast on your hands or forehead meant you were a Jew who substituted Rome or the Synagogue for
Deuteronomy 11:18 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.” Even as Proverbs says “to write them on the tablets of your hearts.”
It meant you had rejected your true and long awaited messiah Jesus Christ, and had said “we have no king but Caesar” preferring the homosexual degenerate Nero to be your king. Furthermore, how did you "crucify" Christians? Jews stoned, they didn't crucify. Neither were they allowed to do capital punishment w/o Roman approval. But we know it happened.
Mt 23:33 “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? 23:34 “Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,
The way you "crucified" Christians was by falsely accusing them (blaspheming the [people of the] Holy Spirit) before a Roman court (Paul before Festus and Agrippa, and Acts 17:7). You served Rome so that Rome would also be USED of you, to purge out the Christians, which Poppea succeeded in doing beyond her wildest dreams. Those are the limits we place on the "anyone" here, and that is why God is justified in the eternal wrath He metes out in Rev 14:9-11
(2) When we get to heaven, what if Satan, the great accuser says to you in public, “you are not a Christian. There is no evidence of your faith. You claim to have an agreement, a contract with God as to having made Jesus your Lord and Savior, but you have no such contract. Contract law demands an offer, acceptance, intent and consideration. Where is your consideration. Where is your sacrifice. You had no true intent, or else at the first sign of persecution you would not have discarded your faith." God, however shows Christianity down through the ages what ultimate “consideration” ultimate “intent” ultimate perseverance looks like. Rev 14:12 Here is the perseverance of the saints”. Likewise we cannot forget:
Hebrews 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mocking s and scourging s, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith …
See there is a REPORT CARD "a building up" on each one of us.
Rev 12:11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Revelation 16:2 NAS So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth(1) ; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
(1) once again, earth should be translated “land” as in “land of Israel”. Thus this verse is talking about Jews who put their faith in “we have no king but Caesar”instead of faith in Jesus the messiah. Who serve, promote, and trust in Judaism and the newly militarized Israeli Empire (image or copy of Roman power).
Revelation 19:20 NAS
[Doom of the Beast and False Prophet] And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet(1) who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image(2) ; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
(1) You can tell who the False Prophet is, by the words that follow after this. It has to be the Land beast of Rev. 13:12, 13, 14
(2) By the way, so called “Jews” of today, either are more orthodox and are still waiting for their messiah, or the politicized ones over in Israel, the Talmudic ones have made the “people of Israel” and the “state of Israel” their messiah. This is none other than worshiping the image of the beast.
Revelation 20:4 NAS
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand ; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Came to life here doesn't mean “were given human bodies, and put back down here on earth, to reign with Christ on earth for the literal 1000 Premill years. Rather, it means ruling with Christ NOW during the millennium, but ruling from Heaven, with Jesus. These souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus, are those Christians who were murdered pre 70 AD.