Revelation 13:17 – name of the beast 666
Revelation 13:17 – …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.
In the last half of the Tribulation, Satan will wield his power to control his global kingdom through the beast and the false prophet. First, the beast will move to subdue the nations through political and military might. Then the false prophet will bolster the beast’s domination through religion with worship directed toward the beast and a global economic system that pays tribute to the beast and requires everyone in the world to submit to the beast by taking a mark or face certain death.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””]17 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.[/symple_box]
The mark of the beast will replace all the world’s monetary systems. Those who refuse to take the mark and manage to escape execution for not worshiping the beast will have to trade illegally in a black market or hunt and gather off the land to survive, which will be difficult in the wake of Tribulation judgments that will cause massive devastation to the earth. With lack of resources to survive, it is no wonder that the human population will plummet during the Tribulation!
Isaiah 13:11-13 – “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.”
It is interesting to note that under the Law God forbid His people to make marks or cuts in their flesh because tattooing was a pagan practice:
Leviticus 19:28 – You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the LORD.
But this command might serve a purpose in the Tribulation. Law abiding Jews will not take the mark, which will force them to flee from the beast. Recall from Revelation 12:14, some believe that Gentiles will help the Jewish remnant escape to the wilderness and give them provisions for 3 ½ years. So it is interesting that God judges the Gentiles who survive the Tribulation on whether they gave provisions to the Lord’s brethren – the Jews:
Matthew 25:31-33 – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”
Matthew 25:34-40 – “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”
Matthew 25:41-46 – “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Therefore, it is possible that Christians in the Tribulation will run a sizable black market to help each other and the Jewish remnant survive in the Tribulation when the false prophet implements the mark of the beast.
It is reasonable to assume that the global economic system ordered by the false prophet will use computer technology to scan the mark of the beast like a bar code or credit card. As we saw in the last section, the mark is placed on the forehead or right hand. The Greek word translated “on” can also mean “in” or “upon.” Bible scholars disagree on whether the text describes a mark on the skin like a tattoo scanned like a bar code, or if it is a computer chip embedded under the skin and scanned like an RFID chip. The following commentator suggests that it might be both a visible mark and an internal chip:
“For this mark to have any degree of permanence it must, in some sense, be “in” the tissue. The use of [epi] doesn’t really deny that. it is simply saying that the mark is visible to someone, or to some device such as a scanner. In fact the word “mark” (charagma) comes from the verb charasso which means “to cut to a point, then to inscribe.” it is really not farfetched to see the phrase as describing some kind of minor surgery – a “cutting to a point” – for the insertion of a chip that will be “inscribed” with data.”
It is now common practice to insert computer chips in animals to tag or ID them, and now there is a move in the business world to implant people with computer chips for convenience and security reasons (source: 1, 2, 3, 4). It seems that society is becoming conditioned to accept implantable chips which might be a prototype technology that the mark of the beast will use.
Whatever the mark is, no one will accidentally take it because it will identify those who voluntarily worship and give allegiance to the beast. While the information scanned from the mark will likely be unique to each person who takes it to buy and sell, the mark will visibly show the name or number of the name of the beast.
The number or the name of the beast suggests the use of Gematria, which is a Jewish numbering system where each letter in the alphabet is assigned a number and the sum of a word is a numerical value tied to the meaning of the word or name (source). We will discuss Gematria more in the next section, where John shows that the number of the beast is “666.
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