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MARK OF THE BEAST

Written by Michael H. Exton on May 9, 2020  

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-------------------- MARK OF THE BEAST  -------------------- 

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Is the mark of the beast a microchip implant that everyone will be forced to have? NO! Is it an international identification card? NO! Is it a global credit card (or debit card)? NO! The mark of the beast is simply the name (or number) of the beast (the end-time antichrist) MARKED on one’s body.

“He required everyone — great and small, rich and poor, slave and free — to be TATTOOED with a certain mark on the right hand or on the forehead” — Rev. 13:16 – TLB. “And no one could buy or sell anything without that MARK, WHICH WAS EITHER THE NAME OF THE BEAST OR THE NUMBER REPRESENTING HIS NAME” (Rev. 13:17 – NLT).

That’s it! It’s that simple! This literal (physical!) mark that is tattooed (or stamped or branded, or in some other way imprinted) on one’s body will be marked on either your RIGHT HAND or on your FOREHEAD. And without it you will not be able to buy or sell.

Okay, so the mark of the beast (i.e. antichrist) is simply a literal, physical mark on the right hand (or forehead) depicting the NAME (or number) of the beast. But what is his name? And what is his number? The number part is easy — 666! (Rev. 13:18).    

 

But the Bible does not tell us the name of the beast. Instead we are told that it takes wisdom to figure out the name of the end-time antichrist (i.e. beast). But the Bible gives us a clue. It states that “the numerical values of the letters in his name add to 666” (Rev. 13:18 – TLB). But what does this mean? Well, let’s take the name “Vix.” Using Roman numerals, the “v” corresponds to 5, the “i” stands for 1, and the “x” represents 10. Add them up (5 + 1+ 10) & what do you get? 16. Therefore, “Vix” couldn’t possibly be the antichrist. 

So if “Vix” is not the antichrist, who is? Whoever he is, one thing we know for sure, the letters of his name will add up to 666. But can anyone think of a better name than ROMAN?

First of all, “ROMAN” can be translated as “LATEINOS” in the Greek language. But why use the Greek language? Because most of the New Testament was originally written in Greek — including the book of Revelation.

In the Greek language “L” represents the number 30, “A” is 1, “T” is 300, “E” is 5, “I” is 10, “N” is 50, “O” is 70, and “S” is 200. Add them up (30 + 1 + 300 + 5 + 10 + 50 + 70 + 200) & what do you get? 666!

Secondly, if the beast’s name was ROMAN, it would also represent the prophesied end-time ROMAN Empire (a 10-nation European Confederacy), as well as the ROMAN Catholic Church.

Regardless of the beast’s name, one thing is certain: You will either need to have his name or his number (“666”) marked on your right hand or forehead. And failure to do so will result in you being unable to buy or sell (goods & services).

Is there anything else that we know about the beast? Yes!

For one thing, the beast (i.e. antichrist) will be a politician. And just as Adolf Hitler (who foreshadowed the end-time antichrist) was a European politician (as he was president & prime minister of Germany), the end-time antichrist will also be a EUROPEAN POLITICIAN. And more than likely he will be from Germany (though possibly Italy, Austria, or another European nation).

Secondly, we know that 10 politicians, leading 10 European nations (or groups of nations) will unite together to form a very powerful “United States of EUROPE!”

“The ten horns of the beast are [i.e. represent] ten kings who have not yet risen to power. They will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give him their power & authority” (Rev. 17:12-13 – NLT).

Eventually this end-time antichrist will become so powerful & evil that it will be required of everyone to either have the beast’s name (such as “Roman”) or the number that represents his name (“666”) marked on their body (either the right hand or forehead) in order to buy or sell (goods & services).

But the Bible sternly warns us NOT to receive the mark of the beast!

“…Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his MARK on the forehead or on the hand… will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb [Jesus Christ]. The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the MARK OF HIS NAME” (Rev. 14:9-11 ­– NLT).  

So, under no circumstances, are you to ever accept the mark of the beast! Instead, have faith in God, and DO what He says. If you do, instead of being terrible cursed, you will be greatly blessed!

“I saw before me [in heaven] what seemed to be a glass sea mixed with fire. And on it stood all the people who had been victorious over the BEAST and his statue and the NUMBER representing his NAME…” (Rev. 15:2 – NLT). “…They had NOT worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his MARK on their foreheads or their hands. They all came to life again, and they REIGNED with Christ for a THOUSAND YEARS. This is the first resurrection… Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will REIGN with Him a THOUSAND YEARS” (Rev. 20:4-6 ­­­­– NLT).

And after the thousand years are over “…they shall reign FOREVER and EVER” (Rev. 22:5 – NKJV).

“And have made us KINGS and PRIESTS to our God; And we shall REIGN on the EARTH” (Rev. 5:10 – NKJV). And we “…shall reign FOREVER and EVER” (Rev. 22:5 – NKJV).  

“…Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us KINGS and PRIESTS to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him…” (Rev. 1:5-7 – NKJV).   

I heard a loud shout from the throne [God’s throne], saying, “Look, God’s home is now among His people [on Earth – see Rev. 5:10]! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the One sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then He said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And He also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega — the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious [who overcome sin; who overcome the world; who overcome the beast; who obey God] will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be My children.” (Rev. 21:3-7 NLT)  

“And behold, I [Jesus Christ] am coming quickly, and My REWARD is with Me, to give to every one according to his work [or deeds]. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Rev. 22:12-13 – NKJ).

“BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO DO HIS [GOD’S] COMMANDMENTS, that they may have the right to the tree of LIFE [ETERNAL LIFE!]…” (Rev. 22:14 –NKJ).     

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20 – NKJV).   

NEED FURTHER PROOF ABOUT THE MARK OF THE BEAST?

———  REVELATION 13:16  ———

“He required everyone — great and small, rich and poor, slave and free — to be TATTOOED with a certain mark on the right hand or on the forehead” (Rev. 13:16 – TLB). 

“…forces all people — important and unimportant people, rich and poor people, free people and slaves — to be BRANDED on their right hands or on their foreheads” (Rev. 13:16 – NOG; also GW; also EXB).

“…causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be MARKED on the right hand or the forehead” (Rev. 13:16 – NRSV; also ISV; also ESVUK; also ESV). 

“…forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a STAMPED IMAGE on their right hands or their foreheads (Rev. 13:16 – NABRE; also EXB).

“…forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, slave and free, to have a mark PLACED on their right hands or on their foreheads” (Rev. 13:16 – GNT).

“Also he compels all (alike), both small and great, both the rich and the poor, both free and slave, to be MARKED with an INSCRIPTION (STAMPED) on their right hands or on their foreheads” (Rev. 13:16 – AMPC).

———  REVELATION 13:17  ———

(From many different translations of the Bible)

so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. ESV

so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. ESVUK

It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name. GW

No one could buy or sell without this mark, that is, the beast's name or the number that stands for the name. GNT 

No one could buy or sell without this mark. This mark is the name of the beast or the number of his name. ICB 

so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the mark, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name. ISV 

And no one was permitted to buy or to sell unless he bore the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name. MOUNCE 

It does this so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the brand, which is the beast’s name or the number of its name. NOG 

so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the beast’s name or the number that stood for its name. NABRE 

No one could buy or sell without this mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. NCV 

They could not buy or sell anything unless they had the mark. The mark is the name of the beast or the number of its name. NIRV 

so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. NIV

so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. NIVUK

And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. NLT

so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. NRSV

so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. NRSVA

so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. NRSVACE

so that no one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. NRSVCE

This meant no one could buy or sell unless they had the mark; that is, the name of the beast or its number. TPT

so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. RSV

so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. RSVCE

Those who do not carry this mark, that is, those who do not have the name of the first beast or the number representing its name inscribed on them, are not allowed to sell their wares or buy in the market. VOICE

and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. WEB 

No one could buy or sell anything if he did not have this mark. This mark is the name of the beast or the number of its name.  WE 

Written by Michael H. Exton on May 9, 2020  

Copyright © 2020 by Michael H. Exton — All Rights Reserved

To learn even more about the mark of the beast (as well as other important Bible topics) please visit my website at:  www.TheBibleComesAlive.com

 

---------------  IS THE ANTICHRIST ABOUT TO APPEAR? --------------- 

AntichristIt’s too early to tell for sure but there is a very good chance that the antichrist is indeed about to show up on the world scene. Of course, if this were to occur, then that would mean that he is alive today. But if he is alive today, what is he doing? Is he a doctor? A teacher? An engineer? A painter? A lawyer? A priest? A minister? A rabbi? Answer: None of the above! He is a politician! Just as Adolf Hitler (who foreshadowed the end-time antichrist) was a European politician (as he was president & prime minister of Germany), the Antichrist also will be a EUROPEAN POLITICIAN. And more than likely he will be from Germany (though possibly Italy, Austria, or another European nation).

So, keep your eyes on Europe! And when you see 10 European politicians (leading 10 European nations (or groups of nations) uniting together to form a UNITED STATES OF EUROPE, beware! For eventually, these 10 leaders will turn over all of their power & authority to just one man — the ANTICHRIST!

To learn more about the antichrist and other end-time events, please visit my website:  www.TheBibleComesAlive.com

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