Like many, I have often wondered about the Antichrist, the mark of the beast, the return of Christ, and what it all means and whether or not we are actually in the end times. . .or not. Second Peter 3:4 keeps ringing in my ear.
It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I actually decided to look into this. With my Bible in hand, I headed for the seclusion of my office. (OK, my bedroom.) I opened up The Book and turned to the book of Revelation. After reading for an hour or two and in light of recent events, a single word jumped off the page at me. That word was beheading.
It immediately reminded me of James W. Foley who, on August 19, 2014, became the first American casualty of ISIS , when they beheaded him. . .on camera. This was an absolute tragic and barbaric crime against humanity . Since then ISIS’s barbarity has claimed the lives of many thousands of men, women, and yes. . .even children This one word compelled me to research further.
v4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and 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 [Revelation 20:4 KJV].
Revelation 20:4 speaks to the first resurrection after the tribulation and about those who did not worship the beast or take his mark. (Does this sound familiar as to the fate of Christians today? Either convert or die.)
DEFINING THE GREEK
The writers of New Testament translated the text in the Greek language. Therefore, to understand what the writers meant when they wrote these Scriptures, we must look at the language in which they scripted the text. Revelation 13:18 addresses the mark of the beast that Revelation 20:4 talks about. So. . .what does 666 mean? You may be surprised.
v18 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 [Revelation 13:18 KJV].
Let’s dissect this Scripture in the Greek language to see what it means. First off, I have learned that the opening phrase “Here is wisdom” was a colloquialism of the day meaning, “Here is a riddle .” For two millennia, man has tried to decipher the number 666. Therein lays the riddle, it means something else . Let me illustrate.
Other than the opening phrase, the two major words in Revelation 13:18 that might lead one to a different interpretation than intended is “count and number.” To condense this narrative, let’s start with the word “count.” The word “count” in the Greek is Psephizo, which means to determine or decide. The word “number” in the Greek is the word arithmos , which reduces down to an “indefinite number” or is better translated as “multitude.”
DEFINING SIX HUNDRED THREESCORE AND SIX
We have to remember that especially in this day and age when we see the number 666, we are seeing Arabic Numerals. However, God told John to write down what he saw . Because 666 is a number and a name , John did not see the Arabic Numerals 666. What John saw was “Chi Xi Stigma,” which is Chi = 600, Xi = 60, Stigma = 6 . What makes this such an incredible prophesy is that the word that “Chi Xi Stigma” spells, did not even exist in John’s day.
The characters “Chi Xi Stigma” are Arabic for “Bismallah,” which means “In the name of Allah.” You can Google these characters Online . Now, let’s transpose Revelation 13:18 with our definitions and see if we can make it a little less cryptic.
v18 Here is a riddle. Let him that hath understanding determine the multitude of the beast: for it is a multitude of men; and his multitude is in the name of Allah [Revelation 13:18 translated from the KJV Bible].
Today, you’ll find the “Chi Xi Stigma” on all banners, arm bands, head bands, and flags in all of radical Islam. The characters Chi Xi Stigma look like the capital letters X E C with small curly tails. In addition, I might note that the character Stigma also has a literal meaning of scar, mark, or badge of service. The crossed swords (X) also represent Jihad and Islam.
It is this author’s opinion that the beast is Islam and the Bismallah is the mark. Come to find out, I’m not the only one who holds this opinion. Muslims stylize the Bismallah so that we cannot recognize it. However, here is another link to see what I mean by stylize. http://www.islam101.com/art/bismillah.html.
Nonetheless, just to cover all bases, no verichip or R.F.I.D chips for me. However, it makes allot more sense to me that Matthew 24:21 is fulfilled much more dramatically with the beheading of men, women, and sadly that of children, rather than from just taking a R.F.I.D. chip. You will not know what I mean until you’ve seen the torso of a 10 year old child. Sadly, I have. No one likes to read this stuff, let alone see it, but until America (no, the world) pulls its head out of. . .the sand, things will continue and escalate. I guarantee that fact. Terror groups are combining forces as we speak, because a Caliphate is their ultimate goal, and if I read my Bible correctly, they’ll succeed for a time.
However, have no fear! At the end of the three and a half year tribulation, Christ returns. Are you ready? Have you filled your lamp with oil? Do you anticipate His return? Are you preaching the Gospel to every living creature? Do you love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself?
On the Cross, Jesus sacrificed Himself and did away with a limited mortal sense of man as just a lump of clay, and proving that man’s true life is spiritual and eternal, and made in the image of God . Christ’s victory on the Cross is our victory, but only upon acceptance of Him. Hallelujah!
Do you know Him? Do you belong to Christ? The clock is ticking toward the final hour. No, it is ticking toward the final second, where it will then be too late. The Bible says that God will not always strive with man . When the bell tolls for thee, will you belong to Christ ?
 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
 Matthew 24:21
 hode este sophia
 An amphiboly, which means that it has more the one meaning.
 Arithmos is where we get the word arithmetic. Strongs G706 never refers to a number and always refers to a group of people.
 Revelation 1:9
 This is a multi-lingual palindrome, Greek and Arabic
 In the first century, the stigma’s value was 6. You can see the text in the original manuscripts and is what John saw and wrote on Patmos. Codex Vaticanus http://www.1913intel.com/2012/08/20/going-from-greek-666-to-in-the-name-of/allah-2
 Walid Shoebat and Simon Altoff Websites. Both were once Jihad terrorists who converted to Christianity, and are now evangelists.
 Genesis 1:26, 27
 Genesis 6:3
 This is a line from John Donne’s poem, which usually means, when a church bell rings; someone has passed away.
NOTE: At last count there are 35 known Terrorist training camps in the United States of America and the Government is hell bent on not doing anything about it. The present administration is decimating the military. News agencies report that the litmus test for generals keeping their jobs is “Will you fire on American citizens?” The persecution of Christians is a daily occurrence. The writing is on the wall. However, keep our focus on Christ and let’s take as many with us as we can.