I decided to make a post here because this topic keeps coming up in different conversations and I thought it’d be good to discuss it all in one place. First, if I may, I’d ask that everyone reading this take this whole matter to the Lord in prayer first, asking that He guide and lead our whole discussion and give us His understanding, while washing away any false understanding that has crept in through the enemy over time.
All of us have heard the many theories on what the mark of the beast means and have an idea that “The Antichrist” is a person who will rule the world toward the very end of time. The entire world has been programmed through images, movies, radio shows, and even churches that are taught by the Elite Club of Rome and Freemason Theological Seminaries to believe that these events are literal. We are bombarded with thoughts and teachings that “the Antichrist” will be a certain man and the “mark” some sort of physical marking such as a chip, vaccine, etc. But let’s see what the Bible says in context of what Jesus repeatedly tried to help us understand from the beginning.
The Old Testament is an entire story as a whole. It is poetic speech filled with idioms, parables, symbols and a physical foreshadowing and representation of what would happen when Christ came down to earth as a man to fulfill. When Christ came, He fulfilled the law and the prophets and brought the New Covenant/Testament. He brought the Good News to the Jews first and then the Gentiles and from there, through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit inside of His believers (no longer Jew nor Gentile, but One in Christ), He began to build/gather His Temple and Kingdom.
Luke 17:20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
The Bible is also clear to point out that History keeps repeating itself and that nothing “new” or extraordinary will ever happen. Everything that happens has been done many times all throughout history.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there a thing of which it is said,
So, in light of these things, what did it mean to have a Mark or Seal from the very beginning?
Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall >>>bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.<<< 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
The Hebrew term for sign and mark are idioms and are used both literally or figuratively. In this case, it’s a phrase that was commonly used as a way of saying that you are to “walk the walk” or “practice what you preach”. It was common for this culture to use the terms sign and hand as a means of explaining that we are to consciously choose to walk with God (in your mind) and to follow His commandments (your “hand” being your actions).
Orig: probably from 225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:–mark, miracle, (en-)sign, token. H225
Use: TWOT-41a Noun Feminine
1a) a distinguishing mark
2) token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof
Orig: a primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from 3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote (as follows):–(+ be) able, X about, + armholes, at, axletree, because of, beside, border, X bounty, + broad, (broken-)handed, X by, charge, coast, + consecrate, + creditor, custody, debt, dominion, X enough, + fellowship, force, X from, hand(-staves, -y work), X he, himself, X in, labour, + large, ledge, (left-)handed, means, X mine, ministry, near, X of, X order, ordinance, X our, parts, pain, power, X presumptuously, service, side, sore, state, stay, draw with strength, stroke, + swear, terror, X thee, X by them, X themselves, X thine own, X thou, through, X throwing, + thumb, times, X to, X under, X us, X wait on, (way-)side, where, + wide, X with (him, me, you), work, + yield, X yourselves.
**Here is a link to Deuteronomy 6 Concordance if you’re interested: http://www.godrules.net/library/kjvstrongs/kjvstrongsdeu6.htm?fbclid=IwAR3KImD3lzRBwb7C8RMZvEQa8-Q2JSRBnmRAshMatIdjYzqOoVf5CDLUJzU
This verse is parallel with Revelation 13:16.
Revelation 13:11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the >>right hand or the forehead<<, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number >>of a man<<, and his number is 666.
charagma: a stamp, impress
Original Word: χάραγμα, ατος, τό
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ag-mah)
Definition: a stamp, impress
Usage: sculpture; engraving, a stamp, sign.
5480 xáragma – properly, an engraving (etching); >>>(figuratively) a mark providing undeniable identification, like a symbol giving irrefutable connection between parties.<<<
5480 /xáragma (“brand-mark”) was originally any impress on a coin or a seal, used by an engraver on a die (stamp, branding iron). 5480 (xáragma) later became “the identification-marker” (like with an owner’s unique “brand-mark”).
Many questions come up regarding this not only being literal but also not being able to buy or sell, as well as the “man” AC having a literal identity, being only one person. But Revelation is written in symbolic language and the mark itself is a figurative example of how ones life choices and actions show which side he or she is on. Just as Jesus is not an actual lamb, lion, door, gate, vine, branch, etc. He was showing us everything that has been, from Adam and Eve forward, and will be until His return. The beast system is that of the earthdwellers. We who are sealed in the Holy Spirit do not lean on or trust “the world” for protection, security or providence. Yes, we have to work, make money and give to Ceasar what belongs to him, but everything that we do, have and obtain is from Jesus. Those who have the antichrist spirit, or anyone who has not accepted Christ, have no rest day or night and are slaves to their king…the devil. Ultimately they are following what they want and are slaves to the god of self. This is nothing new. It started with Adam and Eve in the garden. The serpent tempted them with the promise of being as gods.
Genesis 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and >>>ye shall be as gods<<<, knowing good and evil.
Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
20 The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,
through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.
21 Dreadful sounds are in his ears;
in prosperity the destroyer will come upon him.
22 He does not believe that he will return out of darkness,
and he is marked for the sword.
23 He wanders abroad for bread, saying, ‘Where is it?’
He knows that a day of darkness is ready at his hand;
24 distress and anguish terrify him;
they prevail against him, like a king ready for battle.
Now, look at what the Bible says about those who are in Christ as opposed to the earth dwellers.
John 17 : 6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. >>>I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.<<< 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them.
Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were >>>sealed with the promised Holy Spirit<<<, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Matthew 6:31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Since the beginning of time, or after the fall, people have either relied on God through faith, or on themselves. Today it is no different. The “mark of the beast” is man. It’s not a particular man, but the spirit within man that has not accepted God/Jesus. Man is compared to beast all throughout the Bible.
Ecclesiastes 3:16 Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 17 I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that >>they themselves are but beasts.<< 19 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other.
Jeremiah 10:14 >>Every man is a beast by his own knowledge<<: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his melting is but falsehood, and there is no breath therein.
Psalm 49:20 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Daniel 4:16 Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him.
Now to antichrist as a spirit and not one person…
Ephesians 2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, >>>following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience<<<— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
1 John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and >>>>as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come.<<< Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? >>>This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.<<< 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. 26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
So now, if the antichrist spirit is already at work…then who is the Bible talking about in Isaiah 14 and 2 Thessalonians 2? Let’s see…
Isaiah 14:3 When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
“How the oppressor has ceased,
the insolent fury ceased!
5 The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
6 that struck the peoples in wrath
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrelenting persecution.
7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
they break forth into singing.
8 The cypresses rejoice at you,
the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
‘Since you were laid low,
no woodcutter comes up against us.’
9 Sheol beneath is stirred up
to meet you when you come;
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations.
10 All of them will answer
‘You too have become as weak as we!
You have become like us!’
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
maggots are laid as a bed beneath you,
and worms are your covers.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn! (Lucifer)
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you
‘Is this the >>man<< who made the earth tremble,
17 who made the world like a desert
and overthrew its cities,
who did not let his prisoners go home?’
18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
19 but you are cast out, away from your grave,
like a >>loathed branch<<,
clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword,
who go down to the stones of the pit,
like a dead body trampled underfoot.
20 You will not be joined with them in burial,
because you have destroyed your land,
you have slain your people.
“May the offspring of evildoers
21 Prepare slaughter for >>his sons<<
because of the guilt of their fathers,
lest they rise and possess the earth,
and fill the face of the world with cities.”
22 “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, descendants and posterity,” declares the Lord. 23 “And I will make it a possession of the hedgehog, and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts.
AN ORACLE CONCERNING ASSYRIA
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn:
25 that I will break the >>Assyrian<< in my land,
and on my mountains trample him underfoot;
and his yoke shall depart from them,
and his burden from their shoulder.”
26 This is the purpose that is purposed
concerning the whole earth,
and this is the hand that is stretched out
27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back?
Here ^^ we have an entire chapter solely about Lucifer. In the KJV it actually says his name. He is also called, the Assyrian, a man, a loathed branch, a son of Dawn, and is said to have sons. This is parallel with the teachings on the sons of disobedience and those with the antichrist spirit. He, Lucifer, and his followers, the earth dwellers, are the polar opposites of Christ and His followers. We are growing together as wheat and tares until Jesus returns and at that time He will reveal with the fire of His coming, Lucifer, and will destroy him once and for all. This chapter in Isaiah is speaking specifically of the second coming of Christ and the end to Babylon which is now the entire world.
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Here is a great resource regarding Hebrew idioms, culture and other things that were studied by and understood by the disciples, if interested. https://www.voiceofelijah.org/questions-and-answers/what-is-a-hebrew-idiom.html?fbclid=IwAR2l5ktDtoJhv0iA3mhdegP-vi8IZj0rzIpGINq0t_nbUAKwK_BeaHtEKvM
I’ll end here because this already way too long, but in closing Revelation, along with the rest of the Bible is part of the worlds story from beginning to end and is not meant to be read in a manner that points only to the very end of time. Jesus taught in Spiritual terms, not physical. In the same way that He did not overthrow the Romans and set up an earthly, physical Kingdom, He was not stating that all of these things that he showed to John were literal/physical. We are now in the SPIRITUAL kingdom and it’s coming to a close.
We know that with HAARP, CERN, Hollywood, NASA , AI and so, so many other things including the infiltration of the “church” by the Elites, that the entire world is under strong delusion and the “signs and wonders” that they’ve been displaying have all been witchcraft…just like in Egypt. But we also know that when we see these things happen, we can look up because our redemption draws near. Jesus is our Hope, and He is coming soon. <3