QA: 666 – Mark of the Beast
Much have been written on this subject and we will not endeavour to review any here. Trust that readers are acquainted with some of these many presentations.
The mystery 666 certainly has to do with the Prophecies regarding the End Time, when, under the events of the Seventh and Final Trumpet as proclaimed in the Book of Revelation, the Kingdom of the world becomes the Kingdom of the Messiah, Who will thereafter reign for ever and ever (Rev. 11:14-19).
Rev. 13:16-18 associates this sign with a satanic force which blasphemes God, has power over all humanity and who “makes war against the saints of God” (Rev. 13:5-8). It would be worshipped by all humanity – specifically, those who have chosen against God and His Truth (Read Rev. chapters 12 – 14 in context).
This sign has to do with the name of this evil but popular world power (Rev. 13:16-18) and it will serve as a ‘mark branded on his followers’, without which “no one will be able to buy or sell”. This is a remarkable prophecy for the Bible to refer to, 2000 years in advance of our time, in which trade boycotts have become the order of the day whereby to manipulate or punish ‘rebel’ nations!
While many theories avail about what the true meaning and implication of this ‘mark of the beast’ is, most commentators and searchers after Truth seem to overlook the solution offered in the very next Scripture in the Bible:
Rev. 14:1 “Next in my vision I saw Mount Zion and standing on it a Lamb Who had with Him 144 000 people, all with His Name and His Father’s Name written on their foreheads.” These have been redeemed, to be the ‘first fruits’ unto God (verse 4).
What then does it really benefit us to search for the meaning of 666, referring to the name of the satanic beast? Why not rather ensure to find the Name of God and have that sealed upon oneself? For details about the Scriptural teaching on how to be sealed with His Sacred Name on your forehead, be sure to read:
Careful consideration of this mysterious mark reveals that this matter concerns the Name of God versus the Name of the Beast – Eternal Life versus eternal damnation.
The following details are provided merely as a suggestion of what the 666 may well refer to:
The Greek alphabet have numerical values. The 3 Greek letters used in Rev. 13:18 in referring to this ‘mark’, were:
X (=Chi) 600;
Xi (shaped like a curled capital E) 60
s (Sigma) 6
Thus XES (approx.). In the original Greek it is written as:
The 1st and 3rd letters, it is said, represent the first and last letters of the title “Christos” and the middle letter represents the symbol of the serpent and is intimately connected with the ancient Egyptian Mysteries. (Source: “Number in Scripture” – Dr E W Bullinger pg 49).
This mysterious symbol or letter is also conspicuously featured as a medical symbol and it appears on the Hippocratic Oath (Hypocratic Oath) that medical practitioners have to sign after qualifying and before being accepted into the medical infrastructure.
“I swear by Apollo the Physician and Asclepius and Hygeia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment the following oath: ….etc”
The Hypocratic Oath to this day, has been “the basis and symbol of the high ethical standard of Western Medicine”. It was formulated thousands of years ago, to define the role and duties of a physician and it is dedicated to the teachings of Hippocrates, a contemporary of Plato. Hippocrates was the man who first separated medicine from religion and disease from supernatural explanations.
< – a conventionalized representation of a staff branched at the top with a single snake twined around it that is used as a symbol of medicine and as the official insignia of the American Medical Association. Aesculapius was the god of medicine in Greek and Roman mythology. Snakes were the god’s sacred emblems, and the god was believed to be incarnate in them. The Ancient Greek lettering on the side of the staff is a quote from Hippocrates
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Source for above Symbol: http://www.pinewoodkarate.com/aesculapian.htm
Today’s Symbol of Medicine, used to be known as the magic rod of Hermes, the Greek messenger of the gods. His caduceus was a rod entwined by two snakes, decorated with wings at the top.
So much for this mysterious middle letter. Bear in mind that we are still after the ‘Name’ of this opposing force against the True God YHVH, which, if this Scripture in Rev.13:16-18 has any reference to it, is linked with this mysterious symbol linked to paganism – the symbol of the serpent.
In Greek, the first of these three letters, X, also takes the sound of a ‘Z’ – as in Xenephen or Xylophone.
The first and last Greek letters of this 666 formula, may therefore also be referring to the first and last letters of the name ‘Zeus‘.
Scripture itself bears testimony to this interpretation in Luke 4:27 in the KJV translation – where the name of the prophet Elisha (meaning ‘My God is Saviour’) has been retained in the paganized form ‘Eliseus’ (My god is Zeus). In similar fashion, the Name of the Hebrew Messiah YAHU’SHUAH (meaning ‘YAHU is Saviour’) has been paganized to read ‘JeZeus’, (‘God is Zeus’) which later became ‘Jesus’ in the English language (pronounced ‘Jezus’).
For further details on the Sacred Names, refer to: 2.1. Restoration of the Sacred Name
How can this Prophecy possibly be fulfilled in our era, by the majority of mankind receiving the name of ‘Jezus’ as the Mark of the beast? The majority of the people out there are not ‘religious’ anyway – why would they accept the ‘brand-name of Jezus’?
Simple. Several events in the world are threatening to halt current world systems, as we know it, in its tracks. (Refer “Trumpets” – forewarning of increasing World Chaos). The only way out of such chaos, would be for a leading power to take control of the world and set up a new rule and financial system. Biblical prophecy predicts the rule of an evil world power to precede the Return of God to earth.
In deciphering this mystical brand mark 666, utilizing the clues at our disposal; taking due cognizance of current world developments and considering Scriptural Prophetic pointers, such a ‘financial monster’ is currently in the making – the European Common Market (EEU).
Remarkably so, this power in the making, follows the predictions outlined since decades ago, by Bible students, based on their understanding of the Prophecies of the Bible and the historical record of the movement of nations and Biblical religion.
The EEU has the potential to overtake the USA and become the leading world economic power house. Bible students have long predicted this “revival of the Roman Empire” – which obviously is founded on Roman Catholicism. The EEU countries are predominantly Roman Catholic by religion, which poses the backing of the Vatican, perhaps the richest establishment on earth. Given the potential of enormous powers flowing forth from taking control in a situation of world chaos, following the financial collapse of the World and resultant anarchic conditions in most countries – the stage will be set for the enforcement of its religion on humanity, and the fulfillment of the 666 mark – being the branding of the name of ‘Jezus’ “on the hands and foreheads” of unsurmising worldlings, in order for them to “buy or sell”, or face economic boycott!
Considering that Catholicism is very much an anti-Hebraic religion, and that it
could then enforce its religion on humanity and install an economic boycott on all those who do not wish to be branded with the Name of ‘Jezus’ – it becomes clear that the greatest sufferers would be the Jews and the currently fast increasing multitudes of believers throughout the world, who are discovering and restoring the Sacred Name of God (YHVH) and His Messiah (YAHU’SHUAH – not Jezus). These Hebraic Roots Restorers reject the name of ‘Jezus’ and their progressive restoration of the Original True Bible Faith (as anciently mandated by the Creator God of Israel) is drawing them closer and closer to Judaism, with the ultimate end seeming to be full conversion to Judaism.
It is obvious that the purpose of the Opposer of the True God is to try and prevent God from setting up, what will inevitably be, His ‘Jewish’ Kingdom in Jerusalem, over the nations – according to Prophecy?
Admittedly, one can not be dogmatic about these ancient ‘mysteries’ but world trends are fast moving in this very direction.