The Mark of the Beast, the Name of the Beast or the Number of its Name, and 666

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Recommended before reading this study,

The Identity of the Antichrist, the Two Beasts of Revelation, and the Whore of Babylon

The Abomination of Usury and Interest, and the Slavery of Debt

The second beast of Revelation is the kingdom that brings forth the mark of the beast,

And I saw another beast ascending from out of the earth, and he had two horns likened to a lamb; and he spoke as a dragon. (Revelation of John 13:11 [ABP])

Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked…
(Revelation 13:16 [ESV])

For a beast in prophecy symbolizes a kingdom, which is why this beast in the book of Daniel was said to symbolize a kingdom,

“He gave me this explanation: ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth… (Daniel 7:23 [NIV])

As such, the second beast of Revelation symbolizes the United States, for as opposed to the first beast rising from the sea, which symbolizes many peoples and languages,

And he says to me, The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes, and nations, and languages. (Revelation of John 17:15 [ABP])

Whose seven heads we came to know as the Egyptians, then the Assyrians, then the Babylonians, then the Medo-Persians, then the Greeks, then the Romans, then the Ottomans, and then the final eighth head as the final formation of the United States of Europe, the United States rose from a sparse population, which is symbolized by the second beast rising from the “earth”, and was thus colonized in a “new world” by European kingdoms descending from the first beast. And so, the mark of the beast issued by the second beast, has two distinct forms, which are the “name of the beast” or the “number of the name”,

…unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. (Revelation 13:17 [ESV])

As such, since the seal that is received on the foreheads of the 144,000 chosen,

[3] saying, Injure not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we seal the bondmen of our God upon their foreheads. [4] And I heard the numbers of the ones having been sealed — a hundred and forty four thousand having been sealed, from out of every tribe of the sons of Israel.
(Revelation of John 7:3-4 [ABP])

Symbolizes the holy spirit,

and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:22 [ESV])

In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 1:13 [ESV])

The “mark of the beast” is also symbolic. And because having the mark of the beast bears the penalty of the judgment of the lake of fire,

 [9] And another angel, a third followed them, saying with a great voice, If any does obeisance to the beast and its image, and receives an imprint upon his forehead or upon his hand; [10] even he shall drink of the wine of the rage of God, the one being mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath; and he shall be tormented by fire and sulphur before the holy angels, and before the lamb. (Revelation of John 14:9-10 [ABP])

The mark of the beast is based on an actual sin that specifically breaks a command given by God elsewhere in scripture. And just are there are two distinct forms of the mark, there are also two distinct places to receive the mark, which are on the right hand or on the forehead,

Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
(Revelation 13:16 [ESV])

As such, the forehead symbolizes ownership of the person, hence why those who receive the seal of God or the name of God on their foreheads belong to God,

Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. (Revelation 14:1 [ESV])

They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. (Revelation 22:4 [ESV])

As such, the forehead is where the “name of the beast” is also received. And so, above all the systems that are offered by the United States government, only one is compelled on everyone, great and small, rich and poor, child and adult,

And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bondmen, that there should be given to them an imprint upon their right hand, or upon their foreheads. (Revelation of John 13:16 [ABP])

And it is the “social security” insurance system, which is what the “name of the beast” symbolizes. The government takes ownership of the person by branding them with a social security number, who then becomes forced to pay into this system for most of their life, with the promise of future payments at an old age, or upon certain circumstances, like death or disability. This system is based on an abomination,

engages in usury and charges interest. Will he live? He will not! Because he has done all these abominable deeds he will certainly die. He will bear the responsibility for his own death. (Ezekiel 18:13 [NETBIBLE])

he shall not give his money with interest, and shall not take money by usury; he shall turn his hand from injustice; he shall execute a just judgment between a man and his neighbor; (Ezekiel 18:8 [ABP])

Which is the abomination of “usury”, which is an unjust gain of money that is not earned as a hired laborer,

For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” (1 Timothy 5:18 [ESV])

Nor money earned by renting a property or possession,

For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. (Acts 28:30 [NIV])

Nor money earned by selling a property or possession,

All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (Acts 2:44-45 [NIV])

But is money that is unjustly gained predicated on chance and time from money that was first given, such as as gambling, lotteries, stocks, all forms of insurances, pensions, annuities, and all other forms of usury, all of which are based on evil financial schemes for the greedy to collect and pool money to earn a profit. And so, just as the name of the beast is able to allow men to buy or sell,

so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. (Revelation 13:17 [ESV])

So is social security able to indirectly allow men to buy or sell through the use of the social security number, that allows men to be approved for things such as mortgages to buy or sell properties, auto loans to buy or sell cars, and credit cards to buy or sell possessions, which are also evil, because not only are these debts based on the sin of interest,

“You shall not charge interest on loans to your brother, interest on money, interest on food, interest on anything that is lent for interest. (Deutereonomy 23:19 [ESV])

But it is also forbidden to borrow from unbelievers,

The LORD will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. (Deuteronomy 28:12 [ESV])

Be indebted to no one, except to one another in love, for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. (Romans 13:8 [BSB])

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 [NIV])

On the other hand, as opposed to the “name of the beast” that is received on the forehead, the “number of the name” is received on the right hand, which is a symbol for authority, hence the authority Jesus Christ received by sitting at the “right hand of God”, or the authority he received to open the seven seals when taking the scroll from the “right hand of God”,

 [6] And I saw, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a lamb standing as being slain, having seven horns and seven eyes; which are the seven spirits of God being sent into all the earth. [7] And he came, and he took from out of the right hand of the one sitting upon the throne a scroll.
(Revelation of John 5:6-7 [ABP])

So then the Lord, after speaking with them, was taken up into the heaven, and he sat at the right of God. (Mark 16:19 [ABP])

And having come forward,  Jesus spoke to them, saying, All authority was given to me in heaven and upon earth. (Matthew 28:18 [ABP])

And the “number of the name” is also related to a man whose number is 666,

This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.(Revelation of John 13:18 [ESV])

And since all symbols in Revelation are derived from other passages in scripture, the symbol of 666 is related to this scripture,

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, (1 Kings 10:14 [ESV])

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold, (2 Chronicles 9:13 [ESV])

Which means that the man whom 666 is referring to is Solomon, who was the wealthiest man on earth,

So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. (1 Kings 10:23 [NASB])

King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. (2 Chronicles 9:22 [NIV])

Who then symbolizes the United States, which is also the wealthiest nation on earth. And just as 666 relates to the gold that Solomon received, so does 666 relate to the gold that the United States has stockpiled in what is now known as the federal reserve system, in which case, the United States is the nation with the highest gold reserves in the world. As such, the “number of the name” symbolizes the federal reserve and central banking system, which grants people the authority to buy and sell with the money people give it. This banking system is an abomination because it not only profits from usury, but also interest,

…charges interest. Will he live? He will not! Because he has done all these abominable deeds he will certainly die. He will bear the responsibility for his own death. (Ezekiel 18:13 [NETBIBLE])

he shall not give his money with interest… he shall turn his hand from injustice; he shall execute a just judgment between a man and his neighbor; (Ezekiel 18:8 [ABP])

He who increases his wealth by interest… gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor. (Proverbs 28:8 [NASB])

These two forms of the mark of the beast do not just exist in the United States, but all around the world, as most nations have already implemented their own social security and central banking systems. This is the image of the beast that the second beast tells the inhabitants of the world to make,

…deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. (Revelation 13:14 [ESV])

Which are democratic forms of government that the Romans as the sixth head first were, that cause their inhabitants to use the “mark of the beast” of social security and central banking, which already exists all over the world. And so, in comparison to the seal of the holy spirit that the chosen receive, which cannot be lost, hence why it is called a “seal”,

“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the LORD. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants–from this time on and forever,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 59:21 [NIV])

The mark of the beast, which is not a seal, can indeed be “removed”, but only by repentance, which means to stop paying into and using these financial systems, for no one bearing the mark of the beast can receive the seal of God. This is one reason why many among those who believe in Jesus Christ have not received the seal of the holy spirit, because the love of money has caused them to enter these types of evils to try to gain money and possessions,

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10 [NIV])