The Great Deception
Introduction to post:
As was mentioned in a previous post, I will not get too much into the traditional narratives out there. If we have been in the church circulation we all grew up with them. As we maybe finding out, all is not what it seems when we stick to explaining the prophetic events using scripture and not loose speculation. An opinion is mans carnal understanding. Flesh likes to fill in the blanks when it fails to find what right answer, such a Darwinism. We need the deduction of the famed Sherlock Holmes, looking for the clues that actually fits all the pieces of a puzzle, and not jury rigged.
Just as there are Heaven’s sevens, there are Heaven’s sixes. After all, God created mankind on the sixth day, did He not? However the journey we are to undertake with this study, is this, there are always Satans counterfeits, just as we learned in the previous post study about the antichrist and the son of perdition we are going to discover another counterfeit; Satan’s Sixes.
Nothing has had more prolific meaning and misunderstanding than the this unholy mark. This has been referred to as technology, since the claim in the last days knowledge will increase, I’ve mentioned what this is actually referencing in my first post, To and Fro, on these series topics.
So now we have this technological marvel that can track and record all our comings and going, not being able to purchase or sell, products are marked with this mark of the beast. Some claim that this piece of tech keeping track us us lies somewhere in a secure location, and it’s even named The Beast. Makes for a great Christian Syfy story.
Remember when I said that things are not what they appear, what we have seen, appears to promote fear. It’s a smoke screen to keep us from the knowing what is true. There is nothing like using fear to cloud sound judgement.
So in the last days we have a mark to be reckoned with. We’ll all have to be marked with a mark, or some may refer to as being chipped. Implanted under or on the hand or forehead to keep track of our so-called freedoms. We’ll chip away at this false narrative.
This technology has been already available for some time and is waiting to be implemented on a full scale. Oh my, the drama.
What’s the number of this mark?
Scripture tells us this unholy value is 666, the sign of man.
I came from one of the Bible Belt’s of Oregon, Grants Pass. When the cashless system was first being implemented, a few clerks was expressing and showing concern that there were not enough cash exchanging hands, most transactions were all digital bank card or VISA transactions.
Oh, did I mention VISA? I wont get in to this one. It’s one of those misleading 6’s.
I remember a beautiful house on a hill on one of our streets that had a unkept yard and was vacant for some time. Possibly even today, I don’t know, however, even though this house is in a prime area next to the hospital, the house number was 666.
Why are we afraid of a number?
Sounds a bit cultish. This is where I’ve learned to follow the check in my spirit and search for what is true and liberating.
What if we can ask ourselves, is this mark not as it seems? As I said before, God wont mind!
Now lets break the bread of scripture.
V14 – And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
We understood this passage from our study about the son of perdition and his followers in a previous post, Denying the Son of the Father.
V15 – And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
1. Power to give life: the literal translation is to breath life into the image of the beast. Give it momentum.
2. This image of the beast, literally is a likeness or representation of an image to a man to be worshiped. This image is very important to understand, its not an actual image of this man, since the actual likeness of this man is not to be worship his worshipers, but this is an icon, symbol or mark. In one of the previous posts we learned who this man, the son of perdition was.
We Christians have a cross or a fish as a image for the gospel message of our Savior, we wear them as a symbol of who we identify with. Think about it. It’s not an idol per-say, unless you put trust in the object itself, but a image icon of a message.
Image of the beast should speak, literally ; to make utterances of a message, preach. This was the message of this beast to the multitudes from a messenger Muhammed.
Since a symbol or icon can’t actually speak, there is a message behind it’s meaning.
Those who do not bow down and worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Due to the benefit of their own life, they were forced to worship this image.
The Holy Roman Empire was also guilty of this, this was a horn of another beast. More in another study.
v16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, — rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Since we have an understanding of who this Beast is, Islam, when reading the context of this passage we have to understand that Islam is being referenced and not the new world order. So that we should take this following verse into consideration when we read on about the mark.
V17 – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
More later on this verse.
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.
I’m a marked man for life life unto death. We all carry one of these marks for life. What mark shall it be? We have only two available.
Before we understand what’s in a mark, we have to understand how it is used in scripture.
First of all this Greek definition of this mark is; to stamp or a imprint an image or symbol on something. Such as on a coin, a flag, a tattoo, we wear badges. It is also a seal. We wear crosses close to our hearts, do we not? It’s not a device of mans invention.
Let’s find out about some marks in scripture.
And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill — him.
Now in understanding the background and foreground of this passage;
Cain was skimping on his offering to the Lord. As for Abel, God found favor with his offerings. Cain’s jealousy solved his problem by killing Abel and buried him. God Confronted Cain that Abel’s blood crying out from the ground. The Lord’s curse to Cain was, since Abel’s blood was crying out from the ground, that very ground will not yield its produce to Cain. God set a mark on Cain that no one will retaliate on him for slaying Abel, under penalty of a sevenfold vengeance from God.
What was the purpose of this mark? It was God’s way of saying hands off! I find it funny that many will look at this mark as a bad thing. This mark actually will save his life. He didn’t receive the mark because of the bad he did, he received it as a sign of God’s protection.
Side Thought: We received such a mark that say’s, hands off Satan. Were under God’s protection. Doesn’t mean we wont be tested. We just belong to God and Satan shouldn’t overstep his boundaries.
It sickens me how the Church has used this mark as a license to point the finger at those who do not fit their own standards of what is right and wrong. Their skin is black and that skin color was the mark of Cain, or they deviate from what they think was a standard to live up to, the mark of Cain is upon them. I don’t think Cain was one of those deviants. More fake Church narratives. I look at this mark as a good sign for what is to come.
Romans 3:23: “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.
We all have missed the mark that God has laid out for us.
There is some speculation to what this mark of Cain was. I believe this was a visible physical sign or mark placed on him. Hebrew literature claims this to be the Taw.
By the way, there is a letter in the ancient Hebrew alphabet that represents this mark. Which was used to mark out boarders.
An interesting point; this symbol was used in other alphabets in different language cultures. Don’t go and burn your crosses. This mark has been used heavily in ancient pagan societies and rituals. It was used in ancient consecration baptisms rituals by marking a cross or taw on the forehead. It was also know as a sign of life.
In the transgressions of Israel by adopting pagan practices, the Asherah Poles were a tree that was groomed to make the dominant branches reach out to the side as arms extending outward.
The Egyptian cross is another pagan symbol of the cross.
The left facing swastika was a pagan symbol of the a form of this cross and it was a sign of good luck. The right facing or inverted form became unpopular symbolizing the Nazis.
This Taw was used before the crucifixion of the Christ. However, I want to go over later about the progression of this letter “Taw” in the Hebrew alphabet. It’s a amazing to understand its transformation into the modern Hebrew Tav. More later.
There is another form of a cross similar to the Jerusalem Cross found in Aret Mayan Ruins Palenque Mexico. City was first occupied 100BC. Deserted about 700AD. The is called The Temple of the Cross (before the cross).
More biblical marks used, now on the forehead:
And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:
The context of this passage is a vision of Ezekiel about the sins of the people of Israel and how the Lord was going to categorize them.
He set a mark upon the forehead of those who were protected from the sword, those who were grieved over the sins of the people, and the others were given over to the sword.
This was a vision that was about to be fulfilled at the pointed time.
This mark was a spiritual mark to spare a remnant from the sword. If He didn’t then this blog progression wouldn’t have been necessary.
We find in 2nd Chronicles 36:11-16 & 17,18 was the fulfillment of this vision.
Vs 11-16 was those where were not spared from the sword, and v17 & 18 those who were marked with a spiritual mark to be spared and brought to Babylon.
New Covenant marks
II Corinthians 1:22 & 23
Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
This is a form of seal, literally; used as a signet or signature, a mark. Signed on the dotted line of a contract per-say. The Holy Spirit is a part of the pledge transaction we made with an agreement. Christ’s covenant with those who received Him.
This form of seal is also is explained in;
Ephesians 1:13-15 – Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
Ephesians 4:30 – Sealed unto the redemption.
II Timothy 2:19 – Having this seal the Lord knows whose are His.
We are marked or sealed to the end! We have His signature stamped on our hearts. Only He sees who’s His. This isn’t a mark for others to point the finger at. Only He can identify it. And He knows who isn’t. It’s not the crosses around our necks. And it’s a mark of your persuasion.
The Makings of a Mark
Now, how is this pysical representation of a spiritual mark could be worn in Revelation 13:16.
“X” marks the spot.
Revelation 13: 16-18:
Vs 16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, — rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Vs 17 – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Vs 18 – 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.
In order to understand to whom this mark of the beast is for, where it is directed, and what this mark is. It’s not the whole wide world, only a region of the world controlled or influenced by this beast. This is the first clue. It’s not a new world order even though this beast wants to take over the world. This is only for those whom it was directed and how it affects Jerusalem and the regions around her. More about her at a later time. Stay tuned!
Oh No! Now we can’t buy or sell with out it! What am I to do if I refuse this mark?
Well if we are talking about what’s on the Christian SyFy Network, we as marked believers of Christ, are knee deep into it. We use this supposed mark to buy and sell already. Using our plastic with numbers on it and making online transactions. Now we can take this a step further and embed a chip under the skin as a form of identity, SSN, bank account and vaccination status. Really!?
Satans counterfeit mark
This mark has been around since 688AD, or ever since the Muhammad affect on the region. Better clue, it has been shown to us during the authoring of the book of Revelation.
Revelation 13:16 & 17 has to do with the 7th & 8th beast Islam and the affects, they controlled regions including Israel and Jerusalem and not necessarily all Christendom or the whole wide world order. What’s spoken about Jerusalem, stays in Jerusalem. Not the whole wide world.
So WHO can’t buy or sell?
Now that we are slowly becoming familiar with what this traditional mark of the beast is not! How can we now better understand what this passage is referencing.
Before this is fully understood, we need to structure verse 16 – 18 to correctly to read what is true to the Greek.
Again: Revelation 13
Vs16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, — rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
What is “he” referring to? The Beast!
“He” actually being an “it”.
Who will receive this mark? Those who worship the Beast. Islam.
Now where is “X” going to mark the spot? The right hand or the forehead. The “in” is “out” now “upon”. The greek word use of “in” is also used as “on” or “upon” in scriptures.
V17 – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his (its) name.
The use of this word “man” is – a someone, who is not identified, I like to think of a mystery man. Not used as mankind as a whole.
Not able to transact by due to a custom or decree associated with the for-mentioned name. Not able to do anything with out the badge of servitude.
Have we heard of the phrase, “it’s a free country” or “free commerce”? In my opinion this inability to make a transaction with out this mark is metaphorically and not literally implied, these freedoms, among other freedoms are taken away from the people by this decree of servitude.
Not able to buy or sell; we will not buy from you, we will not sell to you with out the badge of servitude you have to be in our likeness. Is this another way of looking at it?
First of all, the use of “or” was pointed out to me and is not the correct usage in the structure to form this verse. Just as “in” or “out” in the previous comment. In my usage of a interlinear reference this us of “or” is not completely in line with the codex’s in the translations. It seems that they liked to add an implication to it.
I have used the Codex Sinaiticus to make a distinction between usage of this word. First of all the use of this character appears as “is” in verse 18. So are we to use this character as-is?
This “or” that? Well, “then”.
When the use of “or” in this passage should have not been, then this creates a progression and not options given.
So then, the choices or options given in this instance is not implied here.
This should read:
The mark is the name of the beast; the number is the name of he/himself.
Or “The mark is the name of the beast is the number of his name”.
Moving on to the next part of this verse:
Vs 18 – 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.
I’m going to break up this verse into several parts:
Wisdom – I will be getting a little more in-depth on the use of wisdom later in the study.
Count – or sum up the number or calculate with reason and intellect using wisdom as mentioned in the verse.
This number – we will get to what this number actually signifies.
The man – The number of this man (a man), identifies and associates this mystery man as mentioned before; a mankind, the difference between God and a Man.
The number of this man is 666;
So, does this number progression sum to a number value, a image, or a mark? Again, as I made a remark previously in a prior post about the antichrist; an animal, symbol or spiritual? More later.
Now understanding where a physical representation of a spiritual mark or meaning is placed.
More examples of a mark.
Ezekiel 13:9 – And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
The context of this passage from verse 4-on is the remembrance of the Passover, the first fruits from the womb of the year or the first month you shall presented as a remembrance of the peoples deliverance from their captivity and the plague.
There shall be placed on the hand as a sign of the Lord’s strong hand of deliverance, and a memorial between the eyes that the law of the Lord will be in your mouth.
Deuteronomy 6:8 – And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
The context of this passage is a representation by symbol, this is to be a remembrance of Israel’s deliverance from captivity and The Lord’s Law will always be present in our minds to be remembered.
How this ordinance is represented and displayed upto this day is called a Tefillin.
We see that the frontlet Tefillin is placed on the forehead and the Hand Tefillin is tied on the left arm with a strap that leads to and wrapped around the left hand and the middle finger.
Deuteronomy 11:18 – Therefore shall ye lay up — these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind — them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.
A sign of a mark, made to the flesh and a mark made to the heart:
Genesis 17:10 & 11
This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and — you and — thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.
And ye shall circumcise — the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and — you.
Circumcision is a physical mark of the covenant made between the Lord and Abraham and his male descendants. The “token” is literally a mark or a sign.
The New Covenant Circumcision
Romans 2:28 & 29;
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
There is a distinction of a mark made in the flesh or of the heart. Who we are, is identified by the heart and not necessarily by the flesh.
As promised before in this post I was going to explain the “Tav or Taw” progression in the Hebrew alphabet. Make reference to the charts below in referencing the Hebrew letter.
Exodus 12:12-13, 23
Vs 12 – For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and — beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.
Vs 13 – And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: — and when I see — the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
Vs 23 – For the LORD will pass through to smite — the Egyptians; and when he seeth — the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
The Seal of the New Covenant
“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on Him, the Father has set His seal.” John 6:27
On Jesus the Father set his seal for the new promise and covenant with us.
Ephesians 1:11-14 “In Him we have obtained an inheritance…you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised spirit, the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.”
We partake of that same seal with the promised Holy Spirit.
The Blood of Jesus was set over the door posts of our hearts that we allowed Him to enter, as a sign of and seal of our redemption.
Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Now that we understand how God knows his own, which is an internal mark.
We can better understand the mark of this Beast.
Let’s move on with a little “wisdom”.