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Tuesday, June 5 2012
What Is The Mark Of The Beast?
The Meaning Of "Beast"
There are two Greek words in the Book of Revelation that are translated as "beast" in the King James Version. The first, pronounced dzoo-on, means an animal (the English word zoo originated from that Greek word). It is used only for the holy creatures around the Throne of God. They were present when the Messiah stood before the Throne after His resurrection and ascension into heaven, when He thereby fulfilled the symbolism of the Day of Atonement (see The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity).
"4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
The other Greek word in the Book of Revelation that is translated as "beast" in the King James Version is pronounced thay-ree-on which means a dangerous animal, or a venomous beast (thereby also giving it serpent-like characteristics). It is used only for the Satanic "beast" power, and the "mark of the beast." That word for "beast," as our subject, is highlighted in red throughout the Scripture quotes in this study, as in the examples below.
"13:4 And they worshipped the dragon [see The Dragons Of The Bible] which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?" (Revelation 13:4 KJV)
The Meaning Of "Mark"
There are two Greek words in the New Testament that are translated as "mark" in the King James Version. The first, pronounced skop-ee-oh, means to take aim at, or to regard in a certain manner. It is found in Romans and Philippians, and is not used as the "mark" ("mark of the beast") in the Book of Revelation.
"16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them." (Romans 16:17 KJV)
The other Greek word, pronounced kha-rag-ma, means an imprinted sign, a stamp, a brand, an engraving - all of which in the modern-day could describe a scar, a tattoo, a printed commercial "bar code" (interesting, since "no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark") or even the scar left by the implanting of an electronic chip under the skin (as many today speculate). That word for "mark," as our subject, is highlighted in red throughout the Scripture quotes in this study, as in the examples below.
"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: 13:17 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." (Revelation 13:16-17 KJV)
Interestingly, the same word that is translated as "mark" in the "mark of the beast" is found, just once, in the Book of Acts (Acts and Luke were actually epistles, letters, written by Luke to a man named Theophilus; Luke 1:3, Acts 1:1), where it is translated in the King James Version as "art." In that incident, the apostle Paul was addressing the idol-worshipping men of Athens i.e. "Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God [see also The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?], we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art [translated elsewhere as "mark"] and man's device" (verse 29 below).
"17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
"The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them
The Holy Bible does not "set dates" for Christ's return (a reality that many vain, self-worshipping people have refused to heed). It does however provide two signs that Christ's return is coming - the 42-month miraculous ministry of the two witnesses will end a few days before Christ's return, and the "abomination of desolation" of the "Holy Place" will happen a few days before Christ's return (see The Two Signs Of Christ's Return). While the two witnesses will be preachers and prophets, not then active-duty military, at the end of their ministry, the LORD will permit the martyrdom of the two witnesses, by being killed by the military forces of the beast ("the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them"), not by the religious "great false prophet" of the "beast" (as we will get to). The two witnesses will be killed in a firefight i.e. "if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies" against the military forces of the beast who "shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." They will be killed in Jerusalem, almost certainly not far from the area of the Temple Mount shown in the photograph.
"11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
The "beast" has existed throughout the centuries, to the present (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?) as the military, economic and political systems of "Babylon." The original Babylon "beast" (see Nebuchadnezzar's Lesson) was overcome by the Persian Empire (see Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist), which was overcome by the Greek Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation), which was overcome by the Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
The Roman Empire has had numerous rises and falls since the time of the first coming of the Messiah (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Coming Of The Messiah). The original Roman Empire later morphed into the "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" (its full official title, but usually just known as "The Holy Roman Empire"; see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!). The Church of Rome was a creation the Roman Empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), as the official state religion of the Roman Caesars, and then later of the German Kaisers ("Kaiser" is the German word for Caesar). With Satan providing the miraculous power to deceive the whole world (see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall? and Sending Away The Escapades Goat; also What Does Haunting Mean?), the again-revived Roman Empire will be the end-time "beast" i.e. "they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"
Notice that it's the military power that they worship (they "worshipped" it because "who is able to make war with him"), not merely the doctrines of their official state religion (which will then, because of Satan's false miracles, be a worldwide religion) - and that the two witnesses will, as we read, be killed by the military power of the "beast," after the LORD permits it (until then, as we read, the two witnesses will have been giving the beast's military forces a lethal taste of fire and brimstone). Throughout the ministry of the two witnesses, the "beast," through and at the behest of his "great false prophet" (as we will read), will have been subjecting the true Church of God (see The Church In The End Time) to the "great tribulation."
"13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea [see From What Sea Has The Beast Risen?], having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
The Church of Rome is so-named because that's what it is - an invention of the Roman Empire (again, see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Keeping in mind, as we read above, that the same word for "mark" was used by the apostle Paul (there translated as "art") when he was speaking about the idols, or images, so too the same word is used in referring to the man-made "image of the beast." From that also will come the "mark of the beast" that people everywhere on Earth will then require to be able to buy or sell. Refusing the official state religious image will lead to religious persecution, inflicted by the military forces of the "beast."
"13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 13:14 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. 13:15 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. 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: 13:17 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.
The "mark" of the "beast" will be something that affects "every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" on Earth - not just the inwardly paranoid (of their own corrupt and crumbling government and economic system) and outwardly xenophobic (afraid and hateful toward the people of other countries) people of any single country. The "beast" is the political/economic/religious "Babylon" of the entire world (again, see What And Where Is Babylon Today?). All people will receive the warning to come out of that "beast" of Babylon. Those who cling to it will face the wrath of the LORD.
"14:6 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, 14:7 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.
While the religious / economic / political persecution ("Babylon" is in almost everything; again, see What And Where Is Babylon Today?) of the true Church of God ("church" means people, not a building or a man-made corporate entity; see Can You See The Church?) will be severe because of their refusing the "mark" of the "beast" by the deceived people who do accept it, the wrath of the LORD upon those who do accept it will be far greater. While people can endlessly debate, now, specifically what the "mark" of the "beast" will be, at that time there will be no doubt what so ever as to what it is.
"15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
Amazingly, as a testimony of how brainwashed humanity has become, even after severe "wrath of God upon the earth," millions will still pathetically cling to the worship and reverence for their statues and flags - the idols of the world of "Babylon."
"16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Notice the plain-stated connection between the "beast," its great harlot "church" and "Babylon" i.e. the church of the beast is "Babylon the great." Notice also that all of the world will be freed from the "beast" of Babylon: all "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
"17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
The return of the Messiah will be opposed by the all of the military forces of the "Babylon" world ("the kings of the earth, and their armies"), but the Messiah will destroy all who try to fight Him (see The Coming World Dictator). Upon His return, the political leader of the "beast" and the head of his state religion, "the false prophet that wrought miracles before him" (which, as we've covered, will by then be the official religion of the world), will be cast alive into the lake of fire (which eventually, when all is done, be expanded to a planet-wide ocean of fire; see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Also on the day of Christ's return, Satan will be captured and held in a "bottomless pit" for the next one thousand years. The first resurrection (and change if alive that day) will occur on that day (see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin) - of those "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."
"20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
A thousand years after the return of Christ, Satan will be released as a test of the large portion of humanity that hadn't yet been tested - after which Satan will be put away forever, beginning at the place where the "beast" and his "false prophet" had been obliterated into ash over a thousand years before. With that will come the full purification of Earth, by fire, after which God is come to Earth (see The Church: Mission Accomplished and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God).
"20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Fact Finder: What attitude turned Satan into a pervert and a loser - the same attitude of rebellion with which the Devil has infected humanity?
This Day In History, June 5
70: As prophesied by Jesus Christ (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), Roman legions under Titus breached the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and Legions Of Men And Angels).
1249: During the Sixth Crusade, King Louis IX of France landed in Egypt (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1568: Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, put down the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent, Belgium.
1661: Isaac Newton was admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.
1783: Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched the first sustained, manned flight when their balloon rose an estimated 1,500 feet and flew 7,500 feet at Annonay, France.
1806: Holland was declared a kingdom with Louis Bonaparte as its king.
1827: Athens fell to the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1832: In Paris, the June Rebellion attempted to overthrow King Louis-Philippe.
1851: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly) began to be published in the abolitionist newspaper National Era.
1862: The Treaty of Saigon was signed, surrendering areas of southern Vietnam to France (there was no North and South Vietnam - that partition was created by France).
1883: The first regularly-scheduled Orient Express from Paris.
1933: The U.S. Congress abrogated the gold standard (i.e. money thereafter became printed paper with nothing of value to validate its face value).
1944: The first British gliders landed on French soil in preparation for D-Day.
1945: At the end of the Second World War, the Allied Control Commission took control of Germany, dividing it into four occupation zones.
1967: The Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon began. After it was over, Israel had taken the Sinai Desert, the city of Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordan River. The third major Israel-Arab war (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1968: Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles, just after declaring victory in the California primary, by Palestinian Arab Sirhan Sirhan who opposed Kennedy's pro-Israel statements after the Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors the previous year.
1975: The Suez Canal opened for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War.
1977: The first personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale.
1984: Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi ordered an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion (it may have later been the excuse for her assassination by one of her own bodyguards).
2003: A heat wave in Pakistan and India produced temperatures of over 50°C (122°F).
2006: Serbia declared independence from Serbia and Montenegro.