THE MARK OF THE BEAST
One of the most talked about and feared events during the Tribulation described in the Revelation Prophecy is the Mark of the Beast. During the Tribulation, Satan attempts to establish his kingdom here on the earth. His mark, on each of his followers, bears his name. According to Rev. 13:16-18:
And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead:
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; and his number is 666.
The Antichrist will implement a system by which no man can buy or sell unless he wears a mark placed on his forehead or wrist. This etching in one’s flesh represents the Beast or 666.
The Devil’s mark has been a characteristic of Satanism throughout the ages. According to Montague Summers, in her book The History of Witchcraft and Demonology she made reference to the Witches’ mark, as the sign and seal of Satan upon the actual flesh of his servant. Satan has always attempted to counterfeit God. The reason for the Antichrist’s mark is because it is another area by which he tries to mimic Jesus and establish himself as god on this earth.
God commanded Ezekiel to place a mark on the foreheads of the men he would spare from the judgment inflicted on the wicked living in Jerusalem (Ez. 9:4). Revelation’s 144,000 witnesses, 12,000 men from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, possess God’s seal on their foreheads (Rev. 9:4, 14:12).
Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians and Ephesians, tells Christians that the Holy Spirit seals them. Therefore, they will escape eternal hell fires (I Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30). In the new Heaven and Earth, God dwells among mankind, and his servants have his name on their foreheads. Revelation 3:12 tells us:
He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God. And he shall go out no more; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God; and I will write on him My new name.
Revelation refers to the mark in a spiritual context. Whosoever receives it spends eternity in hell (Rev. 14:11, 15:2, 19:20, 20:4). God punishes this idolatry by sending a plague of foul and loathsome sores upon those who have the mark and worship the image (Rev. 16:2).
Bible scholars theorize that the mark is part of a high-tech system that eliminates cash for the buying of goods. The Antichrist institutes this system midway through the Tribulation. He launches it as both a technological breakthrough and a prerequisite for life in his totalitarian regime.
Nations now pursue the economic growth that new technologies can spur. From computers to television, consumers want the latest features. This fact has increased growth and spending in commercial research and development programs by Europe, the US, and Japan. This means that nations are in a race to promote new technological breakthroughs, and they work hard at making and selling the latest products. The European Union jumped on this bandwagon in as early as 1974. Today, scientific research is the third largest area of EU spending, after agriculture and structural development. The Federal Trust for Education and Research, a think-tank organization that aids in formulating EU policy, stated in a report that:
Europe cannot afford to exclude itself from the profound technological transformation which is currently sweeping the world and which is expected to be the locomotive of economic development over the next two or three decades. Historians have noted that, periodically, the world brings forth a new technology, or group of related technologies, of such a revolutionary nature that it transforms the whole basis of economic activity…There is little disagreement that information technology is the mainstream technology of the current era.
No doubt the EU will herald the Mark of the Beast as a technology of “a revolutionary nature, “to transform the world economy.
The Commission’s RTD Network
The Antichrist as head of the EU will have direct access to technological programs and the power to implement them. The EU Commission presently oversees all research and technological development (RTD) programs in the European Union. It proposes, initiates, and implements RTD decisions. This gives the Commission direct and total control over technological projects. The Commission can even propose and suggest their own ideas. This will be the case with the Beast’s mark.
The Commission decides who will buy and sell with the Union. The Union will incorporate the “Mark of the Beast,” i.e., this technological system, into EU financial policy. The mark will serve several purposes. Despite the economic benefits and other rhetoric, the technology will mainly act to mark his citizens and monitor them in his dictatorship.
The EU plans to develop a “European Nervous System” that would connect government computers in the EU nations, to transfer data about everything from taxes to pollution levels. This nervous system will no doubt be in place before the mark is developed. The system has the potential to connect worldwide.
The Antichrist will use such a system to keep track of all the marked individuals. There is also another Biblical parallel here. God’s Holy Spirit indwells each Christian, and bonds them to Jesus through his Spirit. Computers will act as the counterfeit to the Holy Spirit. As the Christian connects to the body of Jesus, the individual living during the Tribulation will link to the Beast’s “central nervous system,” i.e., computers.
The devices that will become the Mark of the Beast already exist. Companies call them bio-implants. Bio-implants are now available for the identification of animals, and the medical field uses them in humans for patient identification.
An implant in the wrist or forehead of a human individual will become the future use of this technology. It will be able to carry all kinds of data about an individual. With child abductions a concern, and with heightened security since September 11, 2001, and the advent of the war on terror; implants will offer a great appeal.
Given the rate of crime during the Tribulation as the plague of death is unleashed, and murders, terrorism and violent crimes escalate to epidemic proportions, the mark will be offered to help track and monitor criminals. The new technology will also create jobs and contribute to economic growth. The Antichrist will use the mark to monitor those in his police state and even more so by taking the mark the individual will pledge their allegiance to his authority and ideology. The mark is going to be more than just a method of buying and selling.
The Marriage of Man to Computers
EU Scientists call it “Adaptive Brain Interface (ABI), and the EU’s ESPRIT program funds and sponsors its development. An individual hooked up to a computer can give the computer commands by his mind alone. Although the immediate application for ABI is to help the physically impaired, as this technology further develops, its potential within a police state is almost unimaginable. Eventually, a computer chip will not only track one’s movements, but control individuals, reducing men to robots performing acts against their will.
Why The Mark of the Beast Causes Eternal Damnation
The Mark of the Beast is mentioned twice in the Revelation and referenced to in six verses and anyone who takes the Mark of the Beast will go to hell. To cause persons to spend eternity in hell the mark is more than a payment system as many evangelicals teach because a payment system alone will not condemn someone to hell.
The Antichrist’s empire is a counterfeit to the kingdom of God. There are many parallels in Scripture of the Antichrist to Jesus. We get God’s mark, by trusting in Jesus as our Savior, and by seeking Him. The Holy Spirit connects us with God. In the six verses about the mark, we read in the same verse that those who took it also worshiped the image of the beast. This worship and the accepting of the mark go together. You cannot buy or sell if you do not have the mark, but the technology is more than just a payment device. The Antichrist will be connected to his followers just as Jesus is bonded to His through the Holy Spirit.
Today’s brain interface devices do not have to be implanted and can rest on the outer brain. The technology even connected two brains, a human and a rat and a man was able to wave the tail of a rat. A scientist also came out and claimed that he was able to operate the brain of his colleague from across campus. Having a person think their thoughts into someone else’s brain and cause that person to make an action is exactly what scientists are working on to develop. According to Future Tense:
“Its like they’re reading my mind, how next-generation apps will market your brainwaves. In the last few years, the cost of EEG devices has dropped considerably, and consumer-grade headsets are becoming more affordable and can now be purchased for as little as $100.“
Companies are looking to these devices to produce games, self-monitoring tools, touch free keyboards, A hands-free game controller NeuroSky, an EEG headset developer, produced a guide on innovative ways for game developers to incorporate BCIs for a better playing experience.
Auto manufacturers are exploring BCIs to detect drivers’ drowsiness levels and improve their reaction time. Market researchers want to use data from these same BCI devices to measure the attention level and emotional responses of focus groups to various advertisements and products.
Scientists are skeptical about the efficacy of these tools, but companies are, nevertheless, rushing to bring them to consumers. Companies could detect whether you’re paying attention to ads, how you feel about them, and whether they are personally relevant to you. Imagine an app that can detect when you’re hungry and show you ads for restaurants or select music playlists according to your mood. A company has also come out with a phone that you do not have to speak into; you wear a collar around your neck and think, and it picks up the vibrations and converts them to sound.
According to the EU Commission and note that I quote the Commission because this is where the Mark will originate, “Computer scientists have predicted that within the next twenty years, neural interfaces will be designed that will not only increase the dynamic range of senses, but will also enhance memory and enable “cyber think” — invisible communication with others.”
Other potential uses of implantable ICT devices include using the human body as a medium for transmission of data (and energy) to “other devices” like PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant), cellular phones, and medical devices for surveillance purposes for instance, in retired people’s homes. RFID making possible to localize other persons. In a family website. Children could log onto the surveillance system and look at what their parents or grandparents are doing.
Applied Digital Solutions (ADS), which created the VeriChip™, announced in April 2004 a partnership with gun manufactures to produce “smart guns”. Weapons, which can be fired only if operated by their owner with an RFID-chip implanted in his or her hand.
One of the verses that mentions eternal damnation for taking the mark is Revelation 14:9-11 and it reads:
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name..
Based on the technology available today, the image of the beast will be some sort of a computerized clone of the Antichrist. He will have access to every single person via his mark or implant. The computer will provide him the ultimate control over his police state and over the population. To take the mark you will directly hook to the Antichrist and give your soul and mind to him.
The Antichrist’s computer clone, the false prophet will give the breath of life to and make speak. This might also be what stands in the holy of holies and is the abomination of desolation. People will be amazed and will literally worship this scientific stride and the Antichrist for developing it and giving it life. Daniel 11:17-18 tells us the Antichrist will not honor any god for he exalts himself above all, but in their place, he shall honor a god of fortresses, and a god which his fathers did know he shall honor, the King James says it this way, Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.
This strange, foreign god that his fathers did not know is the god of this technology for his police state, which connects him to his people and numbers 666. It is this thing, this computer mind, people controlling processor that looks like him that he places in the holy of holies as its home as if to say he is god.
To take the mark will mean that you will be directed and controlled by him or his government, and they will know your every move, thought, and they will be able to put their ideas into your mind.
To accept this mark you give a part of yourself to him and his government. You worship him and give yourself over to him and his government, i.e. the beast. He will seek out those who do not take the mark to kill them, and this is where Jesus forecasted that fathers will turn over their children, and children will turn against their parents to be put to death for not taking the mark. It will be all or nothing; you give Antichrist your all by this act, or you will be killed and in being killed will gain eternal life. As we get closer to the Tribulation, parts of prophecy that we could not understand are becoming clear.
The Mark of the Beast
Never before in history have new technologies moved to the forefront of national policies. The European Union can research, develop, and, through the Commission, implement whatever system it chooses. Initially, the system will offer all kinds of economic and social benefits. Those who receive the mark will suffer the wrath of God. The Bible predicts the horrific side effect of grievous sores that breaks out on the bodies of the implanted. The Antichrist’s mark will connect him to those he rules. It will act as his tie to them, and it counterfeits God’s seal of redemption. The born-again Christian must accept the good news of the Gospel before he receives the Holy Spirit and God’s seal. In the same way, before one receives the Mark of the Beast, one will have to accept the Antichrist’s gospel concerning his deity.
The Number of His Name
The Book of Revelation provides the one riddle found in Scripture, and it concerns the identity of the Beast. Revelation 13:17-18 states: “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.” The Mark is also the name of the Beast, who is a man. Scripture names no other man with a number except Antichrist who God assigns the number 666.
The two other times the number 666 is used in Scripture is mentioned in 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chr. 9:13. The Bible tells us that after the Queen of Sheba’s visit, Solomon yearly took in 666 talents of gold from the surrounding nations. Deuteronomy 17:15-17 warns that a king of Israel shall not multiply wives, silver or gold which Solomon did in addition to going after the gods of his foreign wives and building high places for them. 1 Kings Chapter 11 describes Solomon’s descent into idolatry.
In addition, Nebuchadnezzar‘s idolatrous golden image was 60 cubits high by 6 cubits wide, thus 66. Throughout history, ancient and modern nations use gold for currency. Only after World War II did the world stop using gold as a reserve for currencies. Gold, i.e. money is synonymous with idolatry.
The number calculates to his name and relates to the currency system under the Antichrist, which he ties into his dictatorship and his blasphemous identity. What is odd is that nowhere else in Scripture do we find a man’s name as a number. He will cause the world to worship him and commit mass idolatry. The riddle which will be solved during the Tribulation further identifies him as the son of Satan and his mark as the means by which one gives one’s soul to the Devil and ends any hope of redemption.
The start of the Tribulation ends the age of grace and ushers in a final dispensation. The Beast’s government while rich and powerful becomes a monotheistic dictatorship with the worship and adoration to the State and its leader. The wheat and the tares divide into two categories of persons; those who take the Mark of the Beast and those who say no. Those who do not take the Mark of the Beast will refuse because of their belief in the true God and His Son Jesus Christ.