In any event, the mark embodies information pertaining to the name of the Beast. In our world today there has been so much debate over both what the number 666 means (oh the many ways it has tried to be deciphered!) Why is it that people are afraid to hear that number? 12:6+) or the black market. I used to buy a particular combination of coffee and snack at one of my favorite coffee shops which always rang up to $6.66. Please note: The question is not about the significance of the number itself or what it might refer to in the past, present or future. Revelation 13:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV). ( Log Out /  And her smoke rose up for ever and ever." contextual insights to revelation 17:1-18:24 A. Whatever the mark is, it represents a final declaration of loyalty, whether for God or against him. Revelation 13:11-17 New International Version (NIV) The Beast out of the Earth. It may be best to conclude that John and his readers knew the clue that unlocked the mystery of the number and who it referred to, and that we are unable to figure it out with any certainty today. So maybe This number isn’t so bad and we shouldn’t fear it as much. What do the two “beasts” depicted in Revelation 13 represent? You have a Heavenly Father, who by the way, chose you, before you chose him. 13:1; Zech. Because of the length of these passages, however, I will merely name them and point out some key details: A good place to start is Isaiah 13 … 22 (Fort Worth, TX: Tyndale Theological Seminary, December 2003), 360-361. Commentary on Revelation 13:11-18 (Read Revelation 13:11-18 ) Those who understand the first beast to denote a worldly power, take the second to be also a persecuting and assumed power, which acts under the disguise of religion, and of charity to the souls of men. Who Are the Seven Angels in Revelation 8:2? A fraud. Jamie Davis says, “In ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, letters were used for numbers, and fun could be had in giving numerical values to words and names” (120). 18 Here is wisdom. To have the ability within other languages to convert your name to a number seems odd to us, but probably had some benefits in biblical times, even during times of persecution. PRESENT YOUR REQUEST May 18, 2017. It is not a literal mark. God marked you with his mark. Revelation 13:18 no one may buy or sell In order to enforce worship of the Beast and his image, the mark is tied to his global economic system. Rev 19:11 “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! It was ordered that the entire kingdom bow down to the statue of the King, an image of the king. Chapter Contents. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. That number could be used as a cipher, or perhaps one might have a “lucky” number for a name. The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True…”, Rev 19:13 “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.”. Sounds like the gospel to me. He pawns himself off as the Lamb, the Messiah. “666: The Beast and His Mark in Revelation 13,”, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 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. His dissertation was published as Jesus the Bridegroom by Pickwick Books in 2012. The aim and result of imprinting the mark is, that no one is able to buy or sell, who has not the mark, Revelation 13:17. If the interpretation is correct for 7:16 how does this reconcile with 13:16 and 17? 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