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Prophetic Evidence of Revelation

He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
Revelation 13:16 - 18

In the old dispensation, God demanded that all the males of the people of Israel had a mark on their body, the mark of circumcision. He forbade, also, that they made any another mark (Leviticus 19:28). In the new dispensation, he has a mark, a “spiritual stamp”: “in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13). See other examples in Galatians 6:17 and Ezekiel 9:4.

In Revelation there are other examples of receiving a special mark:

  1. The 144,000 received a mark on their foreheads (7:1-8; 14:1 - 3).
  2. The inhabitants of the New Jerusalem will have the Name of God on their foreheads for evermore (22:4).

The false prophet, who will come wanting to imitate the work of the Holy Spirit, will try to get all the inhabitants of earth to receive his mark. But everyone who receives it, “will be tormented with fire and brimstone” (Revelation 14:9-10). Something that will seem insignificant, but will be of tragic and perpetual consequence, receiving the greatest punishment on the part of God (Revelation 14:11). To receive this mark means to accept the satanic system against God.

In these verses we have another aspect of the conditions that will prevail in the dark days of the last half of the 70th week of Daniel. The submission to the will of this beast will be obligatory. Various classes are mentioned and, from what is read, it is easy to observe that every one (of all the nations, tribes and languages) will be under the domain of the beast. People will have to submit to its will and who refuses to obey its impositions will be killed (Daniel 9:20 - 27).

The sign, be it of whatever nature, will be:

  • On the right hand, to indicate that its possessor is an “active slave” of the beast;
  • On the forehead, to constitute a “public evidence” of subjection to the satanic decree.

In either case, all will be obliged to admit the absolute supremacy of the beast.

All will have to belong to this organization under the penalty of being deprived of the necessary means for living. Purchases and sales can only be made by those who will have the “special mark”. The tyranny of the man will be great over his fellow creatures. All work, commerce and most indispensable goods (like water and food) will be denied to those who, faithful to God and to the truth of His Word, refuse to submit to the beast.

(EN: In our days electronic mini-capsules exist, about 2 cm long, which are injected under the skin to trace people under threat of kidnap or imprisoned soldiers, and this device may be able to become a powerful weapon of control to be exerted by the “beast”. Therefore, technology for this already exists and will be improved over time in view of the enormous scientific advance of nanotechnology. One nanometre is one billionth of a meter, or millionth of a millimetre. The current two centimetres of this capsule could still be reduced, perhaps into a few millimetres).

Today international agreements proliferate which subject people to certain principles, including rules that limit the production of a State within the community - this occurs in the scope of the European Community. All these agreements and rules tend to create a situation which, in a given moment, will facilitate the action of Satan, whose masterpiece will be a perverse tyranny and simultaneous in the political, social and religious plane.

The sign, the name of the beast and the number of its name are not totally independent; even though the verse presents them under the conjunction “or” showing the possibility of an “option”. But whatever the option, the origin will be the same. The name of the beast is not disclosed in them, but the number (666) will correspond to its name. A thing is certain: when such ominous conditions do appear, God will illuminate the intelligence of His saints that are living on earth and these, thus illuminated, will know the character of the beast, its sign, its name and its number.

EVIDENCES OF NUMBER 666 IN THE CURRENT SOCIETY

Here is a list of some occurrences of number 666, on a world-wide scale:

  • The code number of the World Bank is 666.
  • The cards of the World Bank of Australia exhibit number 666.
  • Prefix 666 was attributed to the new credit cards of the U.S.A.
  • The systems of Olivetti computer P600 use processing numbers initiating in 666.
  • Some footwear that circulates in the European community market has a label glued inside with number 666.
  • The number of the Federal Government Medicaid Service Employees Division is 666.
  • Several state governments in the U.S.A. now use in their purchase forms the number 666.
  • The number 666 appears in the hash mark of the “US Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms”.
  • The gloves manufactured by the Boss Glove Company have number 666 engraved on them.
  • The tanks made by the Chrysler Corporation for President Carter’s private security force exhibited number 666 on their side.
  • Telco of the Central South Bell’s credit cards require the prefix 666 followed by a personal social security number.
  • Computer receipts in all U.S.A. show a number of gray dots encircling number 666.
  • Israel’s code for outgoing international telephone calls is 666.
  • In Jerusalem, all vehicles owned by Arabs have licence plates starting with 666.
  • The "Black Sabbath" rock group published an album called 666.

Revelation 13:16 - 17 enunciates three distinct characters, but they are all connected: the “sign” (mark), the “name” of the beast and the “number” of its name.

The “mark” of the Beast is being introduced in the economy in a dissimulated way. To count or to recognize the open use of number 666 does not require any ability or special capacity. But if there is a secretive, hidden use of 666, it requires wisdom and understanding to perceive it.

 

WISDOM & UNDERSTANDING

A) THE BAR CODE - In his book The New Money System, Mary Stewart Relf tells of the work that she developed throughout years to come to understand the evident and occult meaning of the bar code. Here are the main conclusions she arrived at:

  • The system of marking of the “bar code” is, in first place, an identification system and is, in second place, a codification of these identification numbers for the purpose of “purchase and sale”.
  • The technology of the “bar code” applied, first, on the products and, later, to the debit and credit cards, will be the main instrument in the future cash-less society (society without money).
  • The fusing of the “personal identification” with the right “to buy and to sell” in an electronic impulse, offers to a political regimen, who wants to use it, a terrible way to exert control over the life of any person.

At present the existing “bar code” on all products of the supermarket is perfectly normal and familiar to us, from the smallest product to the most complex (i.e.: the motor car). When a customer comes to the cashier to pay, he does not get the price from a label on the article, because the price is not on it, having been substituted by the “bar code” that is passed through a beam zone (laser rays) that proceeds to read the code, sends it to a central computer which, recognizing the identification of the bars, supplies the respective value.

The numbers which appear under the “bar code” indicate the country of origin, the name of the manufacturer and the article it relates to. It has the advantage to speed up the process of verification and payment, finishing with eventual human errors, supplying a control over all that is purchased and sold.

Currently, equipment already exists that obeys an all-directional standard and is capable to locate and to read “invisible bar codes”, its implementation being foreseen shortly on the products - namely, the impression of the “invisible bar code” directly onto different products by means of a pistol laser.

B) CREDIT CARDS – There are already credit cards which present a sensitized bar on them, with information capacity of up to 5 million bytes or the equivalent of 10,000 words. When handing over a debit or credit card, the place where the person is found, the time and the products that were bought are immediately recorded on the server. In this way, it is possible to know the route that a person has taken, the places he was in, as well as his preferences.

However, the governments of the various countries of the world, particularly of the European Union, are considering the creation of a uniform identity card (called multipurpose card), corresponding to the current identity card, driving licence, social security card, income tax identification, debit and credit card, where all the basic elements of the life of a person are registered.

In Portugal this process has already started with the issue of a card for health assistance, where some information can automatically be inscribed about the person’s own health (blood type, illnesses that demand urgent treatment) beside the main elements of identification (name, parentage, residence, place of birth, telephone, number and system of social security, among others).

C) THE  CASHLESS SOCIETY – This is becoming more and more real:

  • Wages are deposited in a banking account;
  • Domestic expenditure is paid by bank transfer;
  • Purchases are paid by debit or credit card;
  • Only bigger purchases are paid by cheque or electronic data transfer.

In all these cases, the person does not get “to see the money”, which has been transformed into a mere number of bookkeeping entries to the debit and credit of a bank account. Countries have promoted this “cashless society” because this system puts all control over the transactions into the hands of the State. - “And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Revelation 13:7). All kinds of abuses committed are registered in a great national and international database that can be used for all purposes (i.e.: if the person has credit).

John Reynolds, president of the Interbank Card (MasterCard) said in 1979: “the volume of the transactions has become so enormous that the transfer of electronic impulses, at the speed of thousands of bytes per second, is the new need, the new system for world-wide transfer of values”. This already is a reality in our days.

D) TECHNOLOGY AT THE SERVICE OF THE WORLD-WIDE SYSTEM - Currently:

  • It is technically possible to register all telephone conversations, ending the privacy that the telephone has provided.
  • The new generation of mobile phones will allow people to check bank balances, to effect transactions, to have access to the Internet, to see in real time the place where the person about to be contacted is, so ending privacy.
  • Cable television (by means of optic fibres) allows the person who issues the signal to see what goes on in the privacy of the home.
  • Video cameras are installed all over - on roads, on shopping centres and establishments, on State institutions, on underground stations, on trains, etc., allowing the control of all the gestures of people.
  • Under infra-red ray action the text written on burnt papers can be read.
  • Forward looking infrared rays allow one to see through the densest darkness or obstacles: through fog, clouds, earth and wood. There is no way of escaping its penetrating eye. They allow one to see the oil level inside steel tanks, victims of shipwreck miles away, animals grazing at night, intruders in dark warehouses, beside countless military applications.
  • Computers connected by nets, Intranets and Internet, allow immediate access to any information, also allowing the completion of commercial or banking transactions and faster communication, by means of e-mail or chat (in writing, by sound or video) in real time.

E) FINALLY, A CHIP TO BE INTRODUCED IN THE HUMAN BODY - In order to prevent fraud and to allow an absolutely irrefutable identification, a microchip has already been created with a view to introducing it into the human body, allegedly into the right hand or the forehead, just underneath the skin for electronic identification.

Motorola is producing the microchips for Mondex Smart Card which has developed some implants in human beings using a biochip. Chip BT952000 was created by Dr. Carl Sanders, who was given guidance in 17 meetings of the New World-wide Order so that a device for global use in identification of people for the purpose of global economic commerce could be developed. The Biochip measures 7 mm in length and 0.75 mm in width, more or less the size of a grain of rice. It contains a transponder and a rechargeable lithium battery. The battery is charged by a thermo-pair circuit that produces voltage from fluctuations in the temperature of the body. They spent more than 1,5 million dollars in studies to find out the best location for this biochip in the human body. They only found two satisfactory and efficient places - the “forehead” under the scalp and the back of the hand, specifically the “right hand”.

THE BIBLICAL MEANING OF NUMBER 666

1. THE CONTRAST WITH 888 - Let us think initially about the numerical value of the words: Jesus Christ, in Greek, the language of the New Testament, is 888.

  • Christ was not only a perfect man, or He would have number 777. He is more: He is the life and the resurrection: 888.
  • The number of resurrection and new life is 888.
  • Christ rose again on the first day of the week, but the first day is also “the eighth” day.
  • Noah and his family had passed uninjured through the judgment of the flood. They were “eight” people (2 Peter 2:5) and became the founders of a new generation.
  • David, who represented the Messiah, was the “eighth” son of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:10 - 13).
  • If we consider that He is coming soon, it will be in the “eighth millennium” after the creation of man, when God will create new heavens and new world.

That is, the number of Jesus Christ - 888 - is in opposition to the number of the Beast 666.

2. NUMBER 666 IN THE BIBLE

  1. The 666th verse of the New Testament is Matthew 20:18 and it brings the third announcement of sufferings with the words: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death”.
  2. In Ezra 2:13 it is written: “the people of Adonikam (who is the lord of my enemies), six hundred and sixty-six”. The Antichrist will proclaim himself as head and lord of the world, enemy of Christ.
  3. It is written in Genesis 1:2 … “darkness was on the face of the deep” and in verse 4… “and God divided the light from the darkness”. Twice darkness is mentioned. The numerical value of “darkness” is 333. Two times 333 makes 666: that is, doubled darkness.
  4. One of the spies who led the children of Israel to unbelief, Sethur (meaning Hidden), is mentioned in Numbers 13:13 and the numerical value of his name is precisely 666.
  5. The word “apostasy” also has the numerical value 666. And this apostasy was clearly carried out by Solomon, when opposing God’s commandment (Deuteronomy 17:14 - 17) he not only gathered a great amount of horses and wives, but also collected annually 666 talents of gold (1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13).
  6. The chapters of curse of Deuteronomy 27 and 28 contain 18 (6+6+6) times the word ‘ârar (cursed), of numerical value 407, which totals 7326 (11 x 666).
  7. Nebuchadnezzar, who made idolaters worship his own self, made an image of gold 60 cubits high and 6 cubits wide (Daniel 3:1).
  8. The description of the last days in 2 Timothy 3:1 - 5 presents eighteen (6+6+6) characteristics:
  • 6: lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents;
  • 6: unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control;
  • 6: brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.

3. LINGUISTIC INTERPRETATION OF THE NUMBER - “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” (Revelation 13:18).

By this verse it even seems that John presents an enigma “to defy” people to discover the identity of the “Beast”, for when the Great Tribulation starts, no-one will enquire about his identity, as it will be clear to the eyes of all.

That is, the Lord intentionally discloses this point of reference to all believers before the rapture of the Church and the beginning the Great Tribulation. What is the point of this revelation, under the form of an enigma, knowing that the Church will be raptured before the “Beast” assumes power? What interest is there in this for us? Only to satisfy curiosity and to stimulate discussions in this respect? Certainly not! But if the Lord really wanted people to know who the “Beast” is, why did he not expressly mention his name? (after all, Josiah and Cyrus, for example, had had their names disclosed prophetically long before being born: 1 Kings 13:2; 2 Kings 23:16; Isaiah 44:28 and 45:4 and Ezra 1:1 - 4).

We believe that the reply to this question is that, because the “Beast” will certainly come to power in a gradual manner, slowly, it is necessary for the believers at the beginning of the Great Tribulation to immediately be aware of whom he is, as he will be like the false prophets who will show “great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24) and will also have great influence over the believers.

On the other hand, God only discloses His mysteries to those who love His Word and comply with it. This is said clearly in Proverbs 2:1 - 6. Thus, “wisdom” is necessary to know who he is and this “wisdom” will not be “human”, but it will be discerned, certainly, by action of the Lord Himself.

The appeal to wisdom is strengthened in the last words of Daniel 12:10… “the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand”. This means that only the believers (of the great tribulation) will be aware of the character of the “Beast”, of his mark and his number and, therefore, will reject him, at the risk of their own lives.

The Lord wants His children to know the identity of the man of the iniquity (2 Thessalonians 2:3), but this is only possible with unconditional faith in His Word and readiness to comply and to obey it. Only such people will recognize the identity of the “Beast”: “here is wisdom”.

To this effect, a reference point is supplied: “calculate the number of the Beast”. What number does it mean? The reply is given immediately after: “because it is the number of a man”. It has to do with a man who has a name, knowing that this name has a number.

How can we read a name of a man in numbers? In the Portuguese, English, German or French languages this instruction would be absurd, but not in Hebrew or Greek. In these languages, identical symbols for letters of the alphabet and numbers are used. The same we find, though only partially, in the Latin language: V=5; X=10; L=50; C=100; M=1000 etc.

As the book of Revelation was written in Greece, in Greek, it is to be assumed that this instruction was also expressed in the Greek language. And in Greek, each letter has a corresponding number, so that each word has a numerical value, according to the sum of the numbers.

For example, alpha = 1; beta = 2; epsilon = 5; iota = 10; omicron = 70; rho = 100; tau = 300.

There are many names with numerical value 666, but only one is the Antichrist. For example, the name Lyndon B Johnson, written in Greek, results in number 666, but he was not the Antichrist. This identification by itself is not a safe test.

The number 666 in itself already is significant. This number has the interesting characteristic of being the addition of first 36 numbers (1+2+3+4+… +36). It is also remarkable that John uses 36 times the word “Beast” in Revelation, to speak of the Antichrist.

The Bible does not say what will be the mark or sign which will be used, either. However, many people will be marked with his name, his sign and with the number of his name.