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Milepost 40: The Mark of the Beast

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Milepost 40: The Mark of the Beast

Primary References: Revelation 13:16-18

 

Immediately following the dedication of the beast's image, the false prophet enacts a second key program to enslave people, the mark of the beast. This counterfeit to Revelation 7's seal of God is a new ‘forgery-proof' cashless monetary system, which replaces all existing monetary systems in the world and renders all paper monies worthless. It is now impossible to conduct business or even buy food or water without this mark. This seal goes on either the forehead or right hand and brings death (lake of fire) while God's seal goes solely on the forehead and gives life. While not specified, the death caused by receiving this seal is probably the result of some oath or other form of allegiance its bearer must swear unto the beast and dragon.

The nuances of the Greek language permit the mark to be located in a range of places including on the right hand or implanted on either the hand or the wrist. This mark has the number 666 associated with it - the beast's number. 6 is the number for man (the day of his creation (Genesis 1:26-28)) and is often associated with imperfection or sin while the number 3 is associated with God. Many consider three 3's (333) a number for God and some suggest this shows either the antichrist's claims to be twice as powerful as God or the depths of his sin.

Current speculation is the mark is a bar code of some type printed on the skin or a biotechnology chip placed under the skin. Those who favor the bar code point out that UPC codes found on commercial products contain two fields separated by the symbols for the number 6. The code also starts and ends with a six yielding UPC symbols with 666 embedded in them. Those who favor the chip implant claim the Greek language describes implants and point to the massive amounts of information required for complex identification and banking systems. Implanted chips similar to those in smart cards could greatly assist these systems. Regardless of the physical form of the mark, the networks, infrastructures, and point of sale equipment have to extend to the four corners of the globe. It is not hard to envision cashless monetary systems like this in developed countries where ATM machines and credit cards are commonly used; but underdeveloped countries, where most daily business continues to either transact via cash or barter exchanges, could present significant barriers to its introduction.