What is the Mark of the Beast?
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There are all manner of excuses by which people deny that the Mark is already here. I've heard them all.
In order to have an ear to hear, we must explore the wide range of possibilities that agree with Scripture. In order for something to be the Mark of the Beast, it must agree with Scriptures. Too many of you are stuck on preconceptions that blind you to the truth.
The number one most frequent excuse that a Social Security number cannot be the Mark, is that the Mark is an actual physical non-symbolic Mark in the right hand or forehead, such as a tattoo or implant. Revelation 13:16 does indeed say that the Mark of the Beast is to be in the right hand or forehead, but in all other instances throughout the Bible, marks in hands and foreheads do not refer to physical marks. We will study all these in another Chapter. But first, let's examine some other preconceptions.
The #2 most popular excuse is that Social Security numbers are only for Americans, and since the Mark is worldwide, it cannot be the Mark. I cannot understand this excuse. I cannot find any Scripture that would indicate that the final two horned Beast has to issue a numerical identifier in exactly the same format in all the different countries. And, IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE TO THINK OTHERWISE. Every country that has a national debt is required by their creditors to track their taxpayers' income. These multinational creditors are the same authorities who require you to be numbered. MULTINATIONAL TREATIES ALREADY REQUIRE THE US TO ISSUE SOCIAL SECURITY numberS. Examples: There is a Treaty between Great Britain and the U.S. for the U.S. to administer Social Security. The GATT Treaty's "Uruguay Round Agreements" forced the U.S. Congress to make Social Security numbers mandatory for newborn children in order to be claimed as a dependent on a tax return (Section 742 of Public Law 103-465). Although SSNs have been issued for six decades, new federal regulations in U.S. Code, Title 20, Chapter 111, Subpart B 422.103(b)(2) now allow the Social Security Administration to enter into an agreement with the United Nations Headquarters District to establish "a procedure to assist SSA in assigning social security numbers to newborn children." In my final Chapter, I provide many other proofs that the Social Security number is already issued by multinational foreign powers. As you will soon learn, your future labor has been "hypothecated" as collateral for the national debt. This is legal because the Application for a Social Security Number meets all the requirements of a financing statement per Uniform Commercial Code, Section 9-302. You are the one that put your labor up as collateral for the national debt. If the U.S. ever defaults, (and it will), your foreign masters will resort to forced SLAVE labor to pay off the national debt. Your fair share is now $60,000 per taxpayer.
The #3 most popular excuse that a Social Security Number cannot be the Mark, is that the Mark will be issued by a one man atheist world leader ruling from Jerusalem during a 3.5 year tribulation. These claims are based on the flimsiest of reasoning. I'll refute them all. Today's popular antiMessiah theory is just a prop fabricated to divert attention from Martin Luther's accusation (Luther's Works, Vol 2, page 281) that the Catholic Church gets away with blasphemy that no saint or heretic ever dared.
The #4 most popular excuse is that taking the Mark is slapping Yah's face to "pledge allegiance" to the ruler of this world, and taking a Social Security number cannot be equated to this. I'll address this issue in a separate Chapter. And yes, taking a Social Security Number is slapping God's face, for many reasons.
The #5 most popular excuse is that a Social Security Number is not yet the Mark because we can still buy and sell some things without it, therefore this is absolute proof that the Mark is not yet here. They claim that prophecy requires a cashless society where absolutely ALL transactions are marked. Because they can still buy and sell some things for cash, this somehow proves that the Beast has not yet caused all, pursuant Revelation 13:16, to receive a mark to buy or sell. Let's take a closer look.
John's choice of the words "no man" must mean something less absolute because he did not use the usual oudeis (translated 94 times as "no man," 27 times "none," and 6 times "any man") nor did he use medeis (32 times "no man"). My paraphrase: "Least certain man might buy or sell ..." The word for "buy" means to do commerce in the marketplace. It says that no man might [Greek "dunamai"] buy or sell without a mark, name or number. "Dunamai" is used over 200 times but translated as "might" only 6 times. My Greek Interlinear Bible translates this as "no one should be able to buy or to sell ..." [the Greek word "dunamai," Strong's Concordance, G1410 is the "should be able" which can also be translated as "can," "could," "may," "be possible," "have power," or "by permission of law"]. My paraphrase: "Certain men without a badge of servitude will not have permission of law to enter the marketplace."
Where does it say that ALL transactions require a Mark? There are several alternative interpretations of verse 17.
(1) "Buying and selling" in verse 17 could very well refer only to government monitored commerce:
(2) Perhaps verse 17 refers to a time when buying, selling, or even bartering are illegal without a mark, name, or number.
(3) There is yet another possibility. Slaves don't have a right to buy or sell. Suppose that as a slave, all your income belongs to your master. Since owners must provide for their slaves, the after-tax income that you are allowed to keep is really your living allowance. Perhaps you became a slave in 1933 when the U.S. declared bankruptcy and your new owners made ALL domestic buying and selling illegal. More about this later.
The #6 most popular excuse that a Social Security Number cannot be the Mark is because believers must obey authority and SSNs are required by authority. They insist that Social Security Numbers cannot be the Mark because everyone is forced to get them. (Their logic has something to do with the Mark being voluntary worship of the Beast, and since they were forced to get a SSN, it cannot be the Mark). They are wrong. There is no law that requires you to get a Social Security Number. No one in the government told you to get a number. ONLY THE BEAST REQUIRES A NUMBER. THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DOES NOT REQUIRE YOU TO GET A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
The "Red Dragon" has a counterfeit authority for you to obey. It is a very close counterfeit to the legitimate authority. This "obey authority" excuse is used so often that I need to address it in more detail. It does not refer to obeying false authority. If you obey false authority you are rebelling against legitimate authority. My Appendix A contains my comments about obedience to false authority.
Some people insist that Solomon's Temple must be rebuilt before the Mark is issued. As I said before, carelessly repeating anti-Protestant fables will not help you understand prophecy that is unfolding right in front of you. When Martin Luther accused the Pope of being the Son of Perdition, he added his understanding of the Temple: "What is the temple of Yah? Is it stones and wood? Did not Paul say, 'The Temple of Yah is holy, which Temple ye are?'" (Luther's Works,Vol 2, page 281).
Some people want proof that the Saints were overcome (per Rev 13:7, Dan 7:21&25). This is a power of the ten-horned first Beast - NOT the two-horned second Beast that issues the Mark. One answer is that Saints without a mark must refrain from commerce. Another answer is that Saints are overcome when they are forced to participate in the theft of Socialism and swear Perjury Oaths to the state god. Another answer is that obeying the Commandments was punishable by death for 42 months.
Before I introduce the 42-month topic, let's take a closer look at the Catholic attempt to dismiss the Protestant claim that the Pope is the AntiMessiah.
The Dark Ages ended when millions of people read the Bible for themselves. All over Europe, the Pope was called the AntiMessiah. The historical Protestant position is that the 42-month period of Revelation 13:5 was a period of year long days, and that it had already been fulfilled. Year long days are used in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6.
Martin Luther called the Pope "the Son of Perdition." 2nd Thessalonians 2.
In 1590, Jesuit Francisco Ribera published an opposing view, titled "In Sacrum Beati Ioannis Apostoli, & Evangelistiae Apocalypsin Commentarij." Then in 1593, Cardinal Robert Bellarmine published "Polemic Lectures Concerning the Disputed Points of the Christian Belief Against the Heretics of This Time." These became the official Catholic position on the AntiMessiah. They claim:
1) that the AntiMessiah was to be one man, not a dynasty,
2) he would be an atheist
3) he would not be revealed until 7 years before the end of time and does not exist in the present
4) he will rule for 3 and one half literal years
5) he would sit in a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and make a covenant with Jews
6) he would call himself "God"
7) he will deny Yahusha and be received by the Jews
Later, in the 1830's, they added the thought that believers were to be secretly raptured to Heaven before his appearance.
There is plenty of information available on the Internet to show that the Catholic AntiMessiah position is contrary to historical Protestant thought. Just search the Internet for combinations of the words "antiMessiah" or "futurism" with the name "Ribera."
Those who carelessly repeat these Catholic fables insist that a Social Security number cannot be the Mark because the Mark must be issued by an Anti-Messiah Atheist world leader during a 42-month Tribulation. My Bible says that the two-horned second Beast issues the Mark, whereas the 10 horned brutal first Beast is the one that continues in power for forty-two months.
Some people claim that 42 months of Revelation 13:5 is the very same 1260 days of Revelation 12:6, (which must somehow also be the 1260 days of Revelation 11:3). Although it is not an important issue, I have a problem with this. Forty two months does not equal 1260 days. Not in the Roman Calendar, not in the Jewish Calendar, and not in Yah's Solar system. Those who equate these two time spans say that a 30-day month is a "prophetic month," but their only proof is that these two time spans must somehow be equal. Only a great deceiver would think to change times and laws (Dan 7:25). If "months" are determined by the phases of the moon, as in Numbers 28, (also see 2 Kings 4:23, Psalm 81:3, Colossians 2:16, etc) then forty-two Jewish lunar months is equal to 1240 days, not 1260.
Some people claim that the 42 months of Revelation 13:5 is the very same 3.5 year time span in both Revelation 12:14 and in Daniel 7:25. In Revelation 12:14, the persecuted Church is in hiding for a time, and times and half a time. In Daniel 7:25 the ten horned Beast, continues for a time, times and the dividing (fraction) of time. Those who use the "prophetic months" say that these are 1260-day periods of three and a half years. But God put 365.256 days in a year, not 360. Three and a half years are 1278 days, not 1260. Three and a half years are 43 lunar months, not 42.
The time span is an important issue; I mention this to show the extent to which people will equate things. I have come to the conclusion that in the middle of the 7 year reign of the beast there will be a celestial event that will cause the earth to move closer to the sun by 5 and a quarter days and will also cause the moon to slow to 30 lunar days instead of 29 and half lunar days. This event is described in Rev 6:12-14 when the sixth seal is opened and the great earthquake happens, this will be the 3.5 year tribulation and reign of terror of any confederation of Beast powers with worldwide military influence, that speaks blasphemy, at anytime past, present or future. Also other events of this nature will happen, Rev 8:7thru Rev 9:2 (look at these verses to see if this is the event that I am speaking of).
The first theory is something like this, but it seems to support the 3½ year hiding of the persecuted Church in Revelation 12:14 and the 42 months of Revelation 13:5:
The second plausible explanation:
The third theory is similar. I'm skeptical of this theory because it has the 42 months occurring before the deadly wound is healed. After 3 of the 10 Nations were uprooted by the Holy Roman Empire (the Heruli in AD 493, Vandals in AD 534, and Ostrogoths in AD 538), Emperor Justinian (in AD 538), declared that the Bishop of Rome was "head of all the Churches." This became part of the Justinian Code. Then there was exactly 1260 years until Napoleon's General Berthier marched into Rome and took the Pope prisoner, where he died in exile. (538 + 1260 = 1798). Mussolini, in 1929, executed the Concordat of 1929 with the Papacy, restoring their properties and power to heal the deadly wound. The whole world would wonder after this power.
Some people say that the Social Security number cannot be the Mark because the Mark is associated with "the number of his name" in verse 17 which refers to the number of one individual man. And it is "the number of a man" in verse 18, which is the number of one individual man. This is another Catholic interpretation that was fabricated for the Counter-Reformation and is easily refuted. Let's take a closer look:
Some claim that the number "666" must be one man's number, and is only the number "666," and since everyone's Social Security Number is different, it cannot be the Mark.
"666(a) - In order to satisfy section 654(20)(A) of this title, each State must have in effect laws requiring the use of the following ..."
"(13) Procedures requiring that the social security number of - "
"(A) any applicant for a professional license, driver's license, occupational license, or marriage license be recorded on the application ..." etc., etc., etc. ...
There are many who expect me to know the exact identities of the end time characters. They say my message is all wrong because I cannot, with certainty, identify all the end time characters. Some even want to equate all the evil characters. They insist that the ten-horned Beast is the two-horned Beast, is Daniel's "king of the north," is the "son of perdition," is "the little horn," is "the antiMessiah," is "the man of sin," is "the false prophet," is "mystery Babylon," is the man personified as "the King of Tyre," and is "the harlot" on the Beast, and is the "white horseman."
If these AntiMessiah equivalents are essential doctrines of your faith, then study them and make your own conclusions. If you need to be deprogrammed from these theories, I recommend the books "Forcing God's Hand" by Grace Halsell and "The Incredible Scofield and His Book" by Joseph Canfield, and Hal Lindsey's "Prophetic Jigsaw Puzzle" by Dr. Samuele Bacchiocchi.
Here are some things to consider:
Many people say that we needn't worry about the Mark, because we will be secretly raptured before the Mark is issued. This mimics the carefully devised fable that appeared during the Counter Reformation. Here are reasons to believe that the rapture comes after the Beast's tribulation and before God's wrath:
I recommend the books "The Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church" by Marvin Rosenthal and "The Secret Rapture: Is it Scriptural?" by Ralph Woodrow.
Some people think that the Social Security number is not yet the "Mark of the Beast" because people are not yet executed for refusing it (as is supposedly required by verse 15). Here is my paraphrase of Revelation 13:15: "life has been given to an image of [= fabrication created by] a Beast, that the image should cause as many protesters as would not worship the Beast [to qualify for credentials to buy and sell] should be abolished [Greek apokteino = destroy, abolish or kill]." I know that without jobs, homes, and cash - that those who don't have credentials to buy and sell can die of starvation. Being cut off from (apokteino) commerce is an effective method of causing all to worship (with a Perjury Oath) Beast powers. Eventually this will involve execution according to Revelation 20:4. History is about to repeat itself. Americans have been conquered, vanquished, and subdued by a Beast power. The same Beast power that inquisitioned and massacred millions of your Protestant ancestry and thousands of their ancestors back in the fourth century. They stood. Most people today refuse to take a stand.
Concerning the counterfeit miracles, signs, and lying wonders of Rev 13:13-14 and 2nd Thess 2:9, and the sorceries that deceived Nations in Rev 18:23. I cannot prove a connection, but "Endtime" magazine (Vol 10, No. 3) reports that tour guides at the Vatican state that the word "Vatican" means "the hill of the magicians and the soothsayers."
Many Sabbath keepers insist that "Sunday Laws" are the Mark because they will prohibit buying and selling, albeit on Sundays only. One Sabbath keeper wrote to me to say "The issue is loyalty to Satan or loyalty to Yah and THEN buying and selling to save your life." At first, I dismissed this because it seemed to me that Revelation 13:17 has those with a mark, name or number as qualified to buy or sell. Another point to consider is that the first Angel's message in Revelation 14:7 tells us to worship him that made the heavens, earth and sea. These are the same words used in the Sabbath commandment. Verse 12 then contrasts those who keep the Commandments with those who receive the Mark.
Other excuses: Many people claim that the "Mark of the Beast" can only occur when there appears a revived Roman Empire, or a cashless society, or a new temple on the Temple Mount after the sacrifice of Red cows, or a rebuilt Babylon, or an 18 digit international number.
It seems to me that there already is a revived Roman Empire, and a world anti-Messiah power (as defined by 1John4), and a rebuilt Babylon, and a cashless society (without the gold or silver cash required by your Constitution), and there already are international numbers. And there already is a red cow in Israel. It seems to me that the leaves are on the fig tree.
Deuteronomy 8:19-20 "And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Yahuah thy Father, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Yahuah destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of Yahuah your Father."