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Post  FaithfulSon on Mon 04 Feb 2008, 5:17 pm

"And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead, and he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either 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 the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six" (Revelation 13:16-18 NASB) . These are perhaps some of the best known words in the Bible, even to unbelievers. The number, 666, is universally known as the Devil's number. Next to the number 13, it is probably the most feared number in the world. Hollywood has sensationalized this number in several movies and it is used by Satanists to symbolize their allegiance to the Devil.

Often Christians say they will never willingly accept this mark of the Beast; nor, will they allow their children to be so marked. Nevertheless, they fear they will be tattooed on their right hand or forehead against their will or deceived into accepting it. Is this possible? Anything is possible, but it is likely that many, especially those who call themselves Christian and are not, will gladly accept the mark of the Beast because they do not understand what this Mark could actually be. They are assuming it will be a physical mark on their bodies that can be seen, such as a tattoo, or a mark that can be seen under ultraviolet light or perhaps a computer chip implanted under the skin that can be scanned like a bar code. While there may be an actual physical mark of some kind placed upon the bodies of the followers of the Beast I believe the mark of the Beast is already being imprinted upon unbelievers and those who "profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed" (Titus 1:16).

The Pharisees and religious leaders during Jesus' day knew the Bible inside and out. They read it and studied it. They prided themselves on their Biblical knowledge. They were looking for the Messiah, the Son of God, their Savior, this person who would liberate Israel from the tyranny of Rome and place them in charge of the world. Yet Jesus mocked them and said, "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me" (John 5:39). Jesus stood before them and they did not recognize the One whom their very Scriptures testified about. "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14). This is a verse prophesying about the coming of the Messiah. The name "Immanuel" means "God with us" and Jesus certainly fulfilled that name for He was indeed God. However, Jesus was never known by the name Immanuel. That is because "Immanuel" was not meant to be the physical name of the Messiah; rather, it was meant to reveal the nature of the Messiah. He was to be God, not just a human being. "Jesus" means "Savior" and so He is, but He is the Savior because He is God, God with us, "Immanuel". Jesus was a common name during the first century, but it was the Jesus who was Immanuel that fulfilled Isaiah's prophesy.

The point is that physical reality has a spiritual foundation that is ultimately of much greater significance. Paul makes this clear when he refutes the claims of the Judaizers that circumcision is necessary for salvation. "For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God" (Romans 2:28-29). Circumcision was an outward sign of an inward reality. It was not the mark in the flesh that was important; rather, it was the mark on the heart. "Circumcise yourselves to the Lord and remove the foreskins of your heart, men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest My wrath go forth like fire and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds" (Jeremiah 4:4). Even if the body were circumcised the man could still be outside the covenant the Lord had made with the Jews. This is the age-old conflict between works and grace.

Likewise, getting a mark in the hand or forehead does not of itself condemn a person to an eternity of hellfire. What we need to understand is that the mark of the Beast is something that first happens to the spirit. It may or may not find its physical manifestation upon the right hand or the forehead. It is the spiritual (albeit demonic) foundation of the Mark of the Beast that is of primary importance. So, the question remains what is the mark of the Beast? To answer this we must understand the spirit of the Beast, the Antichrist and why the mark is to be placed upon the right hand or forehead.

In the book of Daniel he receives a vision from God. "Daniel said, 'I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another'" (Daniel 7:2-3). An angel explained to Daniel that, "These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth" (Daniel 7:17). These beasts represented the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman empires that would each in turn rule the world. It should be noted that "four" is the number for the earth and creation. That is why these beasts, these kingdoms, are said to arise from the earth. It is to contrast the kingdom that will descend from Heaven when King Jesus comes back to rule and reign from Jerusalem.

The Beast spoken of in Revelation is a revival of the fourth beast Daniel saw in his vision. "Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed, and trampled down the remainder with its feet, and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts, and which was larger in appearance than its associates. I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them" (Daniel 7:19-21). This "other horn" is the Beast in Revelation, the Antichrist.

The spirit behind these world kingdoms and the Antichrist is Satan himself. John refers to him as a dragon. "And he stood on the sand of the seashore. And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority" (Revelation 13:1-2). These world kingdoms that come to a climax with the Antichrist represent a world without God. These kingdoms had their gods and goddesses, their rites and rituals, and their sacrifices, but it was Satan and his demons they were worshipping. Paul told the Gentiles to "remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called 'Uncircumcision' by the so-called 'Circumcision,' which is performed in the flesh by human hands remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:11-12). Thus Paul said, "that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons" (1 Corinthians 10:20). This is the spirit of the Beast, the Antichrist. Religion flourishes under the Beast, but it is a religion that is devoid of the true God.

The preposition "anti" in the Greek not only means "against", but also "instead of". The Beast will be the one worshipped instead of Jesus. This is exactly what Satan wanted from Jesus when He was tempted in the Wilderness. "Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory; and he said to Him, 'All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only"'" (Matthew 4:8-10).

Thus, the spirit behind the mark of the Beast is religious, but satanic. There is worship, but it is Satan and his demons that are the recipients of the worship. It is deceptive because the Lord (at least at first) is not renounced. Every time a church or denomination compromises with the world they take on a little more of the nature, the mark, of the Beast. Churches are tolerating abortion as a woman's right to kill her unborn child. Churches are tolerating homosexuality as a legitimate, alternate lifestyle and are even ordaining them and placing them in high offices within the church. Churches are tolerating premarital sex and adultery. Even worse is the growing acceptance of these and other sins by those who claim to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Thus, we are warned: "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities" (Revelation 18:4-5). Who we fellowship with is important. The company we keep can blind us to biblical truth. Unless we separate ourselves from sin and iniquity we will become desensitized to evil and think we are good Christians. (This does not mean we should have no contact with unbelievers. On the contrary, we should.) Israel was denounced for this type of duality. "Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, her priests instruct for a price, and her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord saying, 'Is not the Lord in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us'" (Micah 3:11).

The Greek word for "mark" used in Revelation occurs eight times in the Bible seven times in Revelation, all speaking of the mark of the Beast, and once in Acts. "Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man" (Acts 17:29). The words "image formed" are from the same Greek word used for "mark" in Revelation. Paul spoke these words to the Athenians after he had walked through their city and observed how many idols of gods and goddesses they worshipped. The Greeks were so concerned about not offending any deity that just in case they forgot one, they erected an altar to The Unknown God. Paul told the Athenians that they were undoubtedly religious; he could see the physical evidence of it everywhere, but he knew they were deceived, thinking that idols made of gold, silver, or stone could help them. He told them that the "art and thought of man" could never impress (mark) upon mankind the true Divine Nature.

This actually helps us understand why the mark of the Beast is to be placed upon the right hand or forehead. The word "art" is the Greek "techne" and means a trade or skill, that which allows us to make a living. It requires physical labor, the use of hands. The word "thought" is the Greek "enthumesis" and means to think, to ponder, to deliberate . It has to do with the mind of which the forehead is symbolic. What Paul was telling the Athenians is that man cannot, no matter how skillful a craftsman he may be, create an image of the true God that we can touch or handle. Nor can man through his intellect, no matter how much knowledge he may acquire, comprehend God. Man cannot raise himself to the level of the Divine Nature through works, whether good or bad or by accumulating all the wisdom of the world.

The right hand symbolizes what we do, what we busy ourselves with, our occupation, vocation, profession, our ability to create things, our natural strengths, our technology. Thus, to have our right hand marked would be to have whatever we do in life bring glory to ourselves, to work for money to spend upon our lusts and selfish desires. Oh, we may give to charity, but it is from our abundance lest our lifestyle suffer. To be marked in the right hand is to put faith in man's ability to save himself and place God on a shelf where He can be "dusted" off from time to time to ease our consciences. Our technology is truly amazing and the things that man can do are breathtaking. In the last century we have gone from the horse and buggy to spaceships traveling through the heavens visiting planets and transmitting pictures back to Earth that reveal the beauty of God's creation. But the Lord has said, "Though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down" (Obadiah 1:4). God is not impressed with what we accomplish if it is accomplished outside of Him. Indeed, Jesus said, "I can do nothing on My own initiative" (John 5:30). He did not mean He was incapable of doing things; rather, He meant He did not exercise His will in opposition to His heavenly Father's will. Jesus' whole life can be summed up in this prayer to His Father: "Not what I will, but what Thou wilt" (Mark 14:36).

To be marked in the forehead would mean to think as the world thinks, to reason as the world reasons, to accept the wisdom of fallen man as superior to God's wisdom, to accept lies and half-truths instead of (anti) the truth God reveals to us in the Bible. The world thinks that immorality, fornication, adultery, and sexual perversion are acceptable behavior. The world reasons that we were born with these tendencies and inclinations and as long as two (or more) adults consent to indulge in them no one else has the right to judge or criticize. They do not wish to be reminded that God in his wisdom as condemned and forbidden such behavior. "Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them" (Romans 1:22-24). Their thinking had become corrupted. Sin was more than tolerated it was accepted and applauded. "Although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them" (Romans 1:32). This is the mark of the Beast in the forehead. It is the mind, the soul, giving its consent to evil, to embracing iniquity, to disobeying God, to being a friend to the world. "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God" (James 4:4).

The number "six" is symbolic of Satan, sin, and fallen man. It is one shy of seven, which is God's number of perfection in this world. To bear the mark of the three sixes, 666, means the spirit, soul, and body have been marked. Yet like all things that find a physical outlet, it was born in the spirit and communicated to the soul. If the Mark of the Beast becomes a physical reality that is imprinted upon a person it will be because his spirit and soul are already marked.

Millions today who call themselves Christian are already being branded with the Mark of the Beast. The next time you find yourself rejecting the Word of God in favor of what the world accepts as normal and legitimate behavior look closely at your right hand or forehead. You might just see a 6 beginning to appear.

Writer: Terry L Brown
Article Source: www.whispersofthespirit.com


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Post  Guest on Mon 04 Feb 2008, 6:21 pm

thank you for such a good and informative article. there are a number of explainations of 666 and the beast related with it, whether the mark is physical or virtual we need to remember at all times it exist in the wordly affairs and it must be fought against every moment of our lifes. we must all ask God for the strenght to realize the entities which can mark our soul with 666.
thank you again and keep writing.
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Post  forhisglory on Mon 04 Feb 2008, 11:43 pm

Well I am going to be bold here I do believe it will be a chip because it is already practise on Animals I was told by the vet that my animal will always be found if it has the chip. So there it goes the CIA are already leaking out information on this Chip. Here is but a small portion I have found in the internet.

The stage is now set for transferring this technology to human use, awaiting only the right moment in world history. This "right moment" in world history has already been identified for us in occult New World Order writings. Both David Spangler and Benjamin Creme have repeatedly stated that, after The Christ appears, the population of the entire world will be forced to undergo a "mass global initiation". This initiation of which they speak is simply a typical Satanic initiation, what Master D.K. speaks of in The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy as the "public restoration of the ancient Mysteries". In other words, these global initiations will officially transfer the loyalty of the peoples of the world to Satan through Anti-Christ. At these global initiations, people will be forced to swear allegiance to him, and will be given these implanted microchips as a sign of their new loyalty. Thus, people will receive these implanted microchips because of their expressed allegiance to Satan. This is why God can and will hold them responsible for this most spiritual decision. Whether this mass initiation will occur at the beginning of the Tribulation Period, or at the midpoint, is unknown now. The key factor is that the time is quickly approaching where this technology will be greatly used by Anti-Christ to accomplish his goals, all in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. I have see Benjamin Creme en read part of his book These people are working right now under our nose to bring in the New world order the age of Aquarious where they will proclaim their Messiah Lord Maytraya. it is a long story so for now I'll leave you with this thought. forhisglory bounce

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Post  Waqar Daniel on Mon 11 Feb 2008, 5:25 pm

For correction this article is written by Terry L. Brown. You can also read his article at http://www.faithwriters.com and http://www.whisphersofthespirit.com. Please when you copy any article from the Internet, do not forget to give credit to the author. And please, do Preview the article before posting it.

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Post  SatanTheDevil on Tue 19 Feb 2008, 5:27 pm

Hi, just like to say hi to y'all and urge you to keep a tighter rein on the usernames you allow. I'd say mine is about as "Satanic" as they come!

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Post  Waqar Daniel on Tue 19 Feb 2008, 6:00 pm

Thank you SatantheDevil for dropping by, this is a Christian Discussion Board and we do not need you. Find a satanic Discussion Board and let the hell break loose there The Bible says that satan is rebllious and you proved it. You broke the rules and therefore you are banned. I cannot Baby Sit devils like you 24/7, therefore, you should be ashamed of yourself. Whatelse can we expect of a devil.

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