The topic today is 666!
No one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 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 (Revelation 13:17-18).
The number “666” is the mark of extreme humanism. The number “6” is the number of man in scripture. In Hebrew culture you emphasized a topic by repeating it three times. The ultimate “man” from a demonic perspective is the antichrist – thus 666!
The Bible says that those who follow him will be given the mark of the Beast.
The beast causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16-17).
David Reagan from Lamb & Lion Ministries adds to the meaning of 666:
The number 666 is used because of its symbolism in Jewish thinking. The Bible tells us that in the year in which King Solomon received 666 talents of gold, he turned his back on God and became obsessed with women, horses, and money (1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chronicles 9:13). Thus, in Jewish history, the number 666 came to stand for apostasy.
Personally, I’ve been asked throughout the past year, “Is the vaccine the mark of the beast? Are we being tricked if we get vaccinated?” My answer, “No!”
Our salvation is based upon confession, not trickery. The Apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation, teaches clearly about our confession in his epistle:
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. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father (1 John 2:22-23).
You can’t be tricked out of your faith. I believe those on earth during the Tribulation will be asked to deny Jesus to receive the mark of the Beast. If not, you will be persecuted and unable to participate in the economy.
That’s right – unable to sell or buy anything. How is this possible?
At the end of World War II, the unification of the world accelerated through treaties and trade agreements. With out-sourcing, manufacturing scattered throughout the world, and worldwide travel – though countries still have geographic borders – the economic boundaries have been shattered.
We live today in a global marketplace. We can text a friend in Russia as if he lived next door.
A precursor to the rise of the anti-Christ will be a worldwide economic collapse.
Imagine working your entire life to retire on a 401K and overnight it’s worth nothing. Social Security bankrupts, inflation destroys the value of money, and gold is worthless simply because there is nothing to purchase.
With a global marketplace, economics from a price perspective, can instantly cause worldwide shortages. For example, try to buy a Chevy truck today.
The anti-Christ will gain power with solutions for worldwide peace and the restoration of a global economy. The currency of all countries will be eliminated as causal to the worldwide depression and inefficient with their exchange rates.
The whole idea of a global “666” economy would have been impossible just a few decades back. We get glimpses of a worldwide economy already in place through credit and debit cards.
And-and-and (yes, emphasis here), with cryptocurrency (no printing needed) a worldwide currency can be established overnight. Get the mark of the Beast chip implanted in your hand and have instant access to money.
You are broke, can’t pay your mortgage, and you want to go on vacation – most will get the mark of the Beast!
The 666 economy!
You might have heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum, but did you know there is already a crypto-currency called the “Beast Token”?
One final note: Please don’t allow end-times teaching or speculation to cause fear. As the Apostle John (who first wrote about “666”) states clearly, “Greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Interruptions will feature the book of Revelation in 2022. Read #280, #281, #295, #307, #316, #333, #343, #364, #380, #395, #406, #432, #433 and #559 at www.grantedwardsauthor.com for previous blog posts on Revelation. I’m writing 14 more blogs on Revelation in the next year.