The Mark and Image of the Beast

The False Prophet

In Revelation 13: 11, John sees a second beast who has “two horns like a lamb and spoke as a dragon.” He looks like a Christian but is full of lies.

John said that “he exercises all of the authority of the first beast in his presence.” God allows him to perform miracles, so that people will be deceived. “He even causes fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men.” Of course, this was the miracle that Elijah performed to prove to Israel that their God, was the true God.

But John tells us that the false prophet will perform the same kind of miracles to make people worship that which is false, “he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.”

And “he tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast,” “and it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak…”

Many false miracles were performed in support of the false god of the Trinity.

Why would God allow this? The Apostle Paul said that “because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved, for this reason, God will send them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9).

God only wants to save people who love the truth. He allows people who follow wrong teachings to be deceived by lying signs and wonders. In 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, ten of thousands gathered together to watch promised signs in the sky. And they watched the sun zig-zag toward the earth, as fire coming “down from heaven in the sight of men” to testify to private revelations claimed to be given by Mary, the mother of Jesus.

The Image of the Beast

The Apostle John said the false prophet “deceived those who dwell on the earth, to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.”

In verse 2, the beast was described as a combination of three animals: “like a leopard, his feet like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.”

This brings us back to the prophecy of Hosea, where God said, “they should have known that I am God, therefore … I will be to them like a lion, like a leopard by the road I will lurk, I will meet them like a bear…”

The timing of the three-animal god doctrine was prophesied by the “wound of the sword.” Rome fell in the Gothic War of 376 to 382. In 381, the three-person Trinity, became the official doctrine of the Catholic Church.

God is love, and His image was glorified on the cross. But John said the image of the beast would “even cause as many as would not worship the image to be killed.” The Trinity was the first doctrine established by capital punishment. Constantine said anyone protecting the writings of Arius would be killed. In the next three centuries, the Trinitarian states of Europe attacked Arian believing states, believing the “Trinity god” would help them win.

From 600 to 700, Muhammad easily overthrew the Christian Arab states and rebuked them for forsaking the monotheism of their forefathers.

In 1198, Pope Innocent III decreed that “anyone who attempts to construe a personal view of God which conflicts with church dogma must be burned without pity.”

From 1096 to 1487, the Crusades of the Pope tried to regain the Holy land from Islam. Daniel said that the King of the North would act against the strongest of fortresses, with the help of a god his fathers did not know. That foreign god was the Trinity.

The Mark of the Beast

The meaning of the mark of the beast is found in the book of Daniel. In Chapter 6, Daniel told us about the law that cannot be changed, and in Chapter 7, he said the beast would “intend to change time and law” (Daniel 7:25).

The laws that cannot be changed, are of course, the Ten Commandments. In Acts 15, the Apostles said the Gentiles did not need to keep the law of Moses, but they did not question the Ten Commandments. Paul said, “circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of God’s commandments is what matters” (1 Corinthians 7:19). And John said those who love God keep His commandments (1 John 5:2).

But John prophesied that the beast would cause “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave to be given a mark on the right hand or forehead” (Revelation 13:16). These economic groups had different ability to rest on the Sabbath. In John’s time, a Gentile slave could not rest on the Sabbath Day, unless his master allowed it. 

The meaning of the right hand and forehead is found in Deuteronomy  6, verse 8,“you shall bind (the commandments of God) as a sign in your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” This goes back to Exodus 13:9, “it shall serve to you as a sign on your forehead and a reminder on your hand that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth.”

In the fourth Century, the Catholic Church prohibited rest on the Sabbath day, and required everyone to rest on Sunday.

John said “no one will be able to buy or sell except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17)– in other words, no one can do business on the Sabbath Day, unless he has the mark of the Latin, Latin Christianity, the letters that add to 666.

The Number of the Beast

In Revelation 13, verse 18, John gave us the number of the name of the beast, saying, “here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and the number is 666.”

In the Greek language, every letter is a number. John was telling his readers to add up the letters of the name of a “man.”

Many have tried to think of a name using English letters, or Latin letters but we need to remember that John was writing to Greek readers in the seven Churches of Asia. He expected them to be able to guess the name, and they did. 

The Greek word that John used for “man,” was “anthropos,” from which we get “anthropology,” meaning race or species. There is another Greek word that describes a particular male person.

The anthropos, or race, that John was describing was Latienos, the Latins. The letters of Latienos add to 666. 

This was the solution given by Bishop Irenaeus, born in 130 A.D., in Smyrna, one of the Churches to whom John wrote the Book of Revelation.

Irenaeus said,

Then also Lateinos has the number six hundred and sixty-six; and it is a very probable [solution], this being the name of the last kingdom [of the four seen by Daniel]. For the Latins are they who at present bear rule: I will not, however, make any boast over this.

Against Heresies, Book 5, Chapter 30, Paragraph 2

Lateinos described the Pope, Latin Christianity, and the three Latin speaking states of France, Spain and Italy, that were “subdued” by the little horn, as described in Daniel 7:8.