The Mark of the Beast
Rev 13:16-17 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”
I want you to first see that this mark is associated with the image of the beast that is given life to breath and to kill those who don’t worship it. That’s the first thing I want you to see. The mark of the beast is the antithesis of being sealed in Rev. 9:1-4. “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Now notice that this seal on the foreheads is associated with the fifth angels trumpet and the locusts being released from the abyss. This has got to be the beginning of the Great Tribulation. We will see why I say this in a little bit when we get to the abyss section. I will say this, I do think that these locusts are in fact either demons or fallen angels. And these locusts torment those who aren’t sealed for 5 months which is 153 days. You see, when you accept Jesus as Lord and believe that He resurrected from the dead then he sends you the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who seals you when you become born again. We see this all over the New Testament and in this case you will not be harmed by these things. If you decide to reject the gift of salvation then you have given yourself over to the beast and are marked. You become this man of sin just like we will see when The Man
of Sin gets indwelled with the spirit of Satan as Judas did. We see that Judas first had it put into his heart by Satan and then he entered him after he ate with Jesus. The mark of the beast is freely given as is Christ’s gift of salvation. No one is made to do anything you don’t want to do. We do
this out of freewill. Accept Jesus and you are sealed by the Spirit of God. Reject Jesus and you are marked by the beast.
The Image of the Beast
Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak (lalēsē, λαλήσῃ), and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
We see leading up to this verse that the earth dwellers have made an image to the beast and the second beast (of the land/man of sin had the power given to him from the first beast (the culmination of Satan’s Kingdoms which is in turn the eighth and final Kingdom) to give life into
this image that was made. This man of sin had the power to give life unto this image. He had deceived the earth dwellers with miracles and told them that they should make and image to the beast. They do. Now this word “make” is ποιῆσαι (poiēsai) and can be translated as make, to do, have done, to continue, fulfill and execute. In the KJV of Revelation 13:14 it is translated as ‘to make’. This particular word is used 47 times and some of the times it is used in context is for someone “doing” something internally, doing the will of the Father or in the case of Revelation, to make war. In Revelation 17:17 it is used for God putting it in the hearts of the ten kings to “fulfill” His will and to “agree” of giving up their kingdoms until the words of God are fulfilled.
This is along the same lines of Rev. 13:14 when the 2nd beast tells them to make an image of the beast which is in my opinion the culmination of Satan’s kingdoms here in earth or his authority and power coming to a head. When they give him their ten kingdoms at this point he has total
control of the world as a whole. This word is also used the first two times in Genesis 2:3 (when God rested on the 7th day and from all he made) and 11:6 (referring to the one language and the tower of Babel). You can see the institution of the Sabbath (rest) from all that He made and something that profaned the Sabbath was them making the tower of Babel and their unified language so that they could revolt against God. We are seeing another type of this revolt against
God with them making their image of the beast. Was this tower of Babel a symbol of Nimrod like we are led to believe? Or maybe it was also a people that were being unified under his name “Nimrod” for the great rebellion. Was this image his revolt against God? I think so and we are
seeing this happen again. And notice that it was a dual fulfillment here. The people being made as one voice (the earth dwellers of Revelation) and a literal image being built. Spiritual and physical connotations. Keep reading, I will touch on this in a few.
The same wording for Revelation 13:14 (that they should make) is also used in Stephen’s dissertation and history lesson of Israel in Acts 7:44 (that he should make it). This was speaking of Moses and the Tabernacles of Testimony. What is interesting is that this is a continuous thought from the previous sentence that Stephen says “Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.” You have the same English translation and wording in both of these verses and
Stephen was previously referring to the tabernacle and this star worship that was referencing Saturn. Stephen counters this abomination with the real Tabernacle that was after the pattern of what Moses was shown by God. We are almost seeing the antithesis of what Stephen said to what the man of sin makes the earth dwellers make to worship this beast. So is this image that they make
related to what Israel did in the wilderness with their idol worship or a tabernacle itself (something related to the Temple Institute) or something associated with Saturn (black cube) or is it relating to their bodies. As far as the latter goes, are those who have rejected Jesus and have taken this mark (by rejecting Jesus as Lord), giving permission to the man of sin to be indwelled by Satan so that they will be of one accord? It’s just a thought. Is this the antithesis of doing the Fathers will (Hebrews 10:7, 9; 13:19, 21) and doing the will of their father the Devil? Are the earth dwellers becoming this image that they are making, in honor of the beast and his kingdom. Is this making the image of the beast speak, some sort of possession that happens in accordance with the restrainer being taken out of the way and the signs (σημεῖα (sēmeia)) that are happening? Are these connected? They may just be.
This word for signs, σημεῖα (sēmeia) (used 32 times) is also used of the signs and wonders Jesus did and the signs in the sun, moon and stars. The Old Testament usage of this word referred to the Sun and Moon also. (Genesis 1:14) Interestingly enough it’s also used in Revelation 16:14 of the
three frogs that are demons that come out of the mouth of the dragon, beast and false prophet that perform signs that will eventually gather those for the final battle. This is related to “making war’ with the remnant (Rev 12:17), the saints and overcoming them (Rev. 13:7) and against Jesus and
His army (Rev. 19:19). Revelation is just recapitulating what has already been said prior in other chapters. This is not a chronological book like some would like to think. Now in reference to the beast being able to speak, he was given speech from the 2nd beast, we see that this word is λαλήσῃ
(lalēsē) ‘to speak, i. e. to use the tongue or the faculty of speech; to utter articulate sounds’. It literally is used for a human being using his tongue to speak and talk. This particular word is used one other time in Acts 3:22. We see Peter at the ninth hour (Jesus gave up the ghost at this hour and was also the time of the evening sacrifice), has went to the Beautiful gate and has healed a man. Peter didn’t take the glory for this but directed them to honor and worship God. God gets all
of the glory not man. In verse 22 Peter references Moses (first it was Stephen now Peter) on how he spoke of Jesus and He would speak to them, which He did. Now I already made reference to this 9th hour and this was the time of the evening sacrifice and the evening prayers. This is in fact
the “daily” that Daniel references when referring to it being taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up shortly after. So we see that Moses is referenced twice so far, so this was in fact being referred to by the Jews. We have Peter speaking about the Messiah while the man of sin is referring to the image of the beast, using the same word for them both speaking. And we have reference to an idol/image of the beast and the evening prayers, the daily that is referenced in Daniel that is taken away that brings about this abomination. Are they all pointing in the same direction?
Let me also point out that the word for image is feminine, beast is neuter meaning no gender and to speak is 3rd person singular like how the Holy Spirit would be referred to. Now let me point out that those who won’t worship this image of the beast will be killed. This word for worship is
προσκυνήσωσιν (proskynēsōsin) – “tokiss the ground when prostrating before a superior; to worship, ready “to fall down/prostrate oneself to adore on one’s knees” (DNTT); to “do obeisance” and it is used in John 12:20 for the Greeks going to Jerusalem to worship at the feast, Passover.
Satan wants this worship that only God deserves. This word is a derivative of Koo’ohn meaning
‘(meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to, that is, (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore)’. Satan would expect the latter worship of a dog licking the master’s hand over kissing the ground. Notice also the timing of this, Passover. Is this a hint of when this idol or image will be enacted? One other point I want to make
is that this idol kills those who won’t worship it. I have never seen an idol kill anyone physically but they do this spiritually. And I know man when he becomes possessed by devils has no problem killing in the name of religion and worshipping their god. Does this destroyer (god) have little
destroyers (gods) doing his bidding?
This Greek word for worship is also used twice in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 17:3 (they have served other gods, the sun and moon and the host of heaven) and Daniel 3:28 (where Nebuchadnezzar blessed the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Ebednego for not serving any other
god but the One true God of Israel. Can you see how this worship may be associated to what Revelation 13’s worship of the imag of the beast is referring to? We are seeing more pieces to Satan and crushes it. We see Esau grabbing Jacobs heal at birth. Israel seems to bruise Edom in the sense of these two witnesses sending the plagues. Is this how the Rev. 13 head wound happened because of this Genesis prophecy? Let’s see if this is related.
“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all
cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all
the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and
her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (KJV)
Satan is first cursed so does he in fact receive a plague from this curse. Are they synonymous? And like I asked before, is this head that bruises his head synonymous with a sword? A overseeing connection is the definition of aqab (heel). One definition says, “also to restrain (as if holding by the heel):” Is this the restraining force that Jesus put upon Satan after the cross? Did this fulfill his head under His heel? This word machaira for sword can mean figuratively war, judicial punishment:. The root word machoai can mean fight. He had the plague from a fight. Sounds like Satan in the Garden right? Another thing I want to add is this word that is used in the
Greek translation of Genesis 3:15 for ‘bruise’. “And [hatred I will put] between you and between the woman; and between your seed and between her seed. He will give heed (τηρήσει-3rd person singular) to your head, and you will give heed (τηρήσεις-2nd person singular) to his heel.” You may notice that this word is translated in the Greek as heed. This version is from the Apostolic Polyglot but the LXX renders it “watch”.
Teresei and tereseis literally means ‘to watch, guard or attend to carefully’. It’s the same word that Jesus used for watching over us in tribulation or for us watching over His commands and word. It’s also used in Jude 1:6 for the angels who haven’t kept (or guarded) their first estate. Does this parallel what Jesus did to Satan at the cross and how he is now restrained in the abyss so he can’t deceive the nations until he is allowed to?
Beast of the Sea
The Beast of the sea that is healed from the deadly head wound. This word for head in Greek is the same word used for head 3:15. First notice that he comes from the sea I believe this Beast represents nation of Satan his Kingdom and who he has influenced. This is like the spirit of Satan encompassed all kingdoms since his curse. Remember that is represented as water Jesus was
baptized in water and the Spirit came down from heaven upon them in the form of a dove. The spirit coming down in the form of the dove is the antithesis of the Phoenix rising up from out of the ashes. I believe that this seven-headed 10 horned beast is the spirit of Satan is influenced the
whole world since the time of the Fall.
The man of sin is the little horn final head which is the final Kingdom. This little horn is the second beast of Revelation the Beast of the Earth. I think that the binding of satan in Revelation 20 began after Jesus gave up the ghost on the cross. I believe the
head wound Genesis 3:15 when Satan was cursed by God and his heel was on top of his head this and this was the curse and the plague of the wounded head. The restrainer is taken away when is released for a short time is parallel to this wound being healed. He will no longer be bound from deceiving the nation’s like he was deceiving the nations before Jesus and the cross.