THE MARK OF THE BEAST DEFINED

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 [1], when they beheaded him. . .on camera. This was an absolute tragic and barbaric crime against humanity [2]. 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 [3].” For two millennia, man has tried to decipher the number 666. Therein lays the riddle, it means something else [4]. 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 [5], 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 [6]. Because 666 is a number and a name [7], John did not see the Arabic Numerals 666. What John saw was “Chi Xi Stigma,” which is Chi = 600, Xi = 60, Stigma = 6 [8]. 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 [9]. 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.

CONCLUSION

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 [10]. 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 [11]. When the bell tolls for thee, will you belong to Christ [12]?
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[1] Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
[2] Matthew 24:21
[3] hode este sophia
[4] An amphiboly, which means that it has more the one meaning.
[5] Arithmos is where we get the word arithmetic. Strongs G706 never refers to a number and always refers to a group of people.
[6] Revelation 1:9
[7] This is a multi-lingual palindrome, Greek and Arabic
[8] 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
[9] Walid Shoebat and Simon Altoff Websites. Both were once Jihad terrorists who converted to Christianity, and are now evangelists.
[10] Genesis 1:26, 27
[11] Genesis 6:3
[12] 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.

Where is God?

As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God [1]? For thousands of years of years, people have wondered, “Where is God?” in their time of need and if He was going to move on their behalf. . .or not. How many times have we looked out of the front window, read a newspaper, or watched all the chaos and corruption on TV, and thought to ourselves, “Where are you God?” I know I have.

Well, we are not alone in our thinking. Habakkuk thought the same thing as evidenced by his prophecy and discussion with God in chapter 1:2-4. See if this doesn’t sound familiar [2].

v2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
v3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
v4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth [Habakkuk 1:2-4 KJV].

The world seems to be falling apart and God appears to be MIA [3]. Corruption abounds and the law is impotent toward justice and common sense. Yet on a large scale, you cannot find any miracles or evidence of God anywhere. Nothing changes. Violence, corruption, and chaos continue. God seems to be dormant in His action(s) [4]? Or is He?

Jewish marriage customs and traditions tell us that after the cup of acceptance (proposal), and the betrothal, there is a time of preparation for the Bride. However, according to customs and traditions, the groom also had a time of preparation: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you [5].

Brothers and sisters, each one of us is one of those mansions that Christ talks about because we are the temple of God [6]. Christ sent His comforter to prepare His temples (mansions) by the renewing of our minds [7] and building us up through Christ’s indwelling Spirit [8].

Brothers and sisters, God is not dormant, He is not MIA, He is preparing us for the Huppah [9] and the marriage supper of the Lamb [10]. He waits the time when He can come to us and abduct us by collecting our renewed and built up spirits [11]. Like Habakkuk, it is a time of faith and patience. The shofar [12] is about to blow.

Jesus has said that He’d never leave or forsake us. Therefore, Jesus is still with us and has not forgotten about us or left us. Do not wonder if God is still there. He is definitely here with us. He promised He would be there always. He is only preparing a place for us in glory. So align your souls with the Spirit, renew your mind, and build yourself up in the Lord, for the Lord is coming back for His Bride without spot, blemish, or wrinkle [13].

This begs the question(s), are you the betrothed of Christ? Have you prepared yourself for His return? Do you love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and do you love your neighbor as yourself [14]? Does your soul pant after Christ as the hart panteth after the water brooks [15]?

In conclusion, each of us has to answer the question “Where is God” for ourselves at a personal level depending on our need(s). Whereas Habakkuk worried about outward calamities with the world, our healing comes when we look inward to what is going on in our own lives. It is time brothers and sisters to put our life’s focus totally on Him. It is all about Christ. Do not worry about the things of this world but on the things above [16]. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible’s theme is all. . .about. . .Christ. . .and His Bride. So, the next time we ask, “Where is God?” maybe a better question would be, “Where are we?
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[1] Psalms 42:10 KJV
[2] This was a prophecy for today and the end times.
[3] Missing In Action
[4] Just like the 400 years with no record of God between the Testaments.
[5] John 14:2 KJV
[6] 1 Corinthians 6:19
[7] Romans 12:2
[8] Colossians 2:7; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Peter 2:2; Ephesians 4:4, 16; 1 Corinthians 3:6, 9; Ephesians 2:21; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 3:17; Ephesians 1:22, 23, 16, 17
[9] Traditionally, it is a tent where a marriage ceremony takes place.
[10] Revelation 19:6-9
[11] Ecclesiastes 12:7
[12] A hollowed out ram’s horn used for warning the betrothed that He is on His way to abduct her and take her to His Father’s house.
[13] Ephesians 5:27
[14] Romans 12:29, 30
[15] Psalms 42:1
[16] Colossians 3:1-3

Pete’s Song

In the 1960’s, Pete Seeger wrote a song that not only did quite well for him but touched a lot of hearts. That song, of course, was “Where have all the flowers gone?” Do you remember the second stanza? It read, “Long time passing.” (I bet you’re humming it right now and not just reading the words.) Anyway, it was really how I was feeling at the moment. I was reminiscing about how things in my own life were gone and have been a long time passing.

I’m 72 years old (emphasis on the old) and as I sit here humming Pete’s song with you; I remember how things used to be a long time ago. What happened? Did I sleep through most of it? The changes were so gradual that I suspect that no one even noticed. I know I didn’t. While we slept, the world changed, I changed, things around me changed. All of a sudden, the things that were. . .weren’t.

People that we care deeply about will leave our lives, friends may come and go, relationships may falter, and marriages may fail, but life is not static. People and things change, and I understand that, but today as I sit alone on this couch thinking about things that used to be and that might have been while humming Pete’s song, the Lord led me to His Word.

v8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever [Hebrews 13:8 KJV].

This Scripture is a huge comfort to me in among all these changes surrounding me. However, one thing is for certain, Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. He will never leave or forsake us [1].

Although Pete’s song was a metaphor for Russian soldiers going off to war, the song touched many lives in many different walks of life. Even today Pete’s song speaks to thousands of hearts because the metaphor is universal and is interchangeable with all things in life. However, when we sit alone on our couch pining away for someone, for something, or for yesteryear while humming Pete’s song, there is one thing that we can absolutely count on and that is Jesus Christ and His immutability and love for us.

HALLELUJAH! PTL!

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What has changed for you. Is there anything that you miss from bygone years? A person, a thing, a special time, a good memory, the cost of things, simple life experience, a less complicated time, or anything reminiscent of change that affected your life in a big or small way. It would be a blessing for us to read some of your stories. God bless you all.
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[1] Deuteronomy 31:8; Hebrews 13:5