What Does the Bible Say About the Mark of the Beast?

Rev. 13:11-18

We continue looking at those topics not usually covered by preachers that may be controversial among believers. When you stick to what the Bible says, the argument is not with the preacher, but with God’s Word.

Transition: What does the Bible say about the mark of the beast or 666?

What is the Mark of the Beast?

  1. It will be an tribulation “mark” required by the antichrist to buy or sell and pledge allegiance to the antichrist. He will use it to control the world by controlling commerce.
  2. This mark acts as a “seal” for the followers of antichrist and the false prophet.

What does the number 666 mean? [13:17-18].

  1. The number is not a date like 6-6-06, but the number identifies a person. It is not the number of a system, but identifies a person.
  2. It is man’s number. Man was created on the 6th day. Six represents imperfection and sin.
    a. No matter how much man tries he will never reach 7 the number of perfection.
    b. Satan was cast out of heaven for wanting to be worshipped as God, and here he tries to get that worship thru a man, the antichrist.
  3. What does the triple six represent? Two schools of thought:
    a. The three sixes is a symbol of which allegiance someone has chosen.
    Matt. 22:37: Satan thru this world ruler will require everyone to give allegiance to him and his kingdom. They will does this by receiving the mark of the beast. 2 Thess. 2:3-4
    b. The triple 6 could speak of how sinister he will be. “Holy, Holy, Holy” speaks of how holy God is.

What happens to those who take the mark?

Taking the mark will be recognizing the beast as lord and is a final rejection of God. It will be the unpardonable sin.

  • Rev. 14:9-11
  • Rev. 15:2
  • Rev. 16:2
  • Rev. 19:20
  • Rev. 20:4

What is the mark?

  1. We don’t know now, but it will be known in the tribulation.
  2. Now we have a system that is developing that he will use to initiate his mark.
    • National I.D. Card
    • Bar code
    • Debit Cards
    • Social Security numbers
    • GPS Tracking- people, animals
    • Digital angel- Veri-Chips under skin
  3. If you take or use these before the rapture, you have not committed yourself to the antichrist; he has not be revealed yet.
    a. These are not evil in themselves, but the system he will use to control.
    b. Neither are these the spirit of the antichrist.
    c. We are not to be superstitious about the number of try to match it up with a person.
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