By: Brandon T. Ward
What is the Mark of the Beast and why has this topic confounded so many people? In order to answer that question we need to identify not only the Mark, but reveal the identity of the two Beasts in Revelation as it is their Mark many will accept. This is an extremely important topic in these end times, you do not want to be deceived! (Note: the book of Revelation jumps around, the chapters are not in chronological order.)
Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus Name amen.
1 “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
This is our first beast, God does not deal in fantasy so we must understand what has been described is strictly symbolic. This Beast is a Governmental Beast, the future One World Government. The waters of Revelation are the people of the world. The seven heads are symbolic of seven dominions or kingdoms which compass the entire earth. Horns are symbolic of power and the crowns are symbolic of kings which will lead this Governmental Beast (Revelation 17).
(Deeper Study: Daniel 7 documents this beast and gives us more insight into it)
2 “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.“
We have been given a further description of this Beast… Who gives this Governmental Beast his power? The Dragon. Who is the Dragon? Please turn your bibles to,
9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.“
God’s Word has just documented, the Dragon is in fact Satan, (he has many names) he is also the second Beast and the one who gives power to the Governmental Beast of verse one. Satan is cast from heaven to earth and his fallen angels are cast out with him. He is not a human being or a red grotesque Beast with horns and a pitch fork. If you have that picture in your mind you have already been deceived. Satan is perfect in beauty (Ezekiel 28), he has a spirit but is not a spirit, he has a body but not a flesh body, he is an Angel. Satan does not come to make war, rather he comes in peaceably and prosperously, he comes looking like Christ, acting like Christ and claiming to be Christ (Daniel 11:21).
11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.“
This is the second Beast of Revelation. We all know who the real Lamb is. Jesus Christ of course (John 1:29). So what we have here is a fake lamb, an imposter, the spurious messiah, the Anti-Christ (“anti” simply means, “instead”, “instead of Christ”), the Dragon, Satan himself! Who claims to be Jesus Christ, the very Lamb of God. This fake lamb spake as a Dragon because he is the Dragon, he has two horns of power, his power and the power of the One World Governmental System. Do not let this be a mystery to you. The WHOLE WORLD will be deceived. God’s children have not been taught the false messiah comes first, they have not been taught the Beasts of Revelation are Satan and his One World Governmental System.
Many people expect the evil one, but what they do not expect is Satan to be “disguised” as Christ Himself. Yet, if we venture into God’s Word we see one of Satan’s methods of operation is to be “disguised.” II Corinthians 11:1-15 proclaims Satan to be “disguised” as the “Serpent” who “beguiled” Eve, which means to “wholly seduce” (II Corinthians 11:2-3). Skip down to verse 14 and it is stated, “Satan is ‘transformed‘ into a angel of light.” The word “transformed” is Strong’s Word 3345 and it means “disguised” (II Corinthians 11:13-15). As we can see, Satan is the father of all lies, he will do whatever it takes to bring as many people to the “lake of fire” with him as he can.
3 “And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.”
The One World Governmental Beast just received a death blow to one of its heads (dominions/kingdoms) in this verse. We have ten seats of power (horns) controlling seven kingdoms (heads), one of those kingdoms which may have more than one king, receives a deadly wound… How can a One World Government be wounded you ask? By the peace being broken! Satan the Dragon will heal this wound, he comes in peace. Yet, there will be no true peace on earth until our True Lord and Savior returns.
4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?”
Does it say the inhabitants of the world were forced to worship the Beast or the Dragon? No! The whole world worships the Beast and the Dragon refusing to make war with it. Why? They believe the Dragon to be Jesus Christ who has returned and brought His Kingdom to the earth. This is how Christ becomes a stumbling stone to the world, because the world will believe Satan is Christ (1 Peter 2:8).
5 “And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.“
At this point, Satan the Dragon has control of the One World Governmental System absolute. Satan is here for the entire Tribulation as Daniel 9:27 documents, “he shall confirm the convenient with many for one week.” The week referenced here is the 70th week of Daniel, the last week which is the seven year Tribulation. So the healing of the wound obviously takes place at the midst of the week as Satan is now given power and continues for 42 months. 42 months is equal to 3.5 years which is half the original time allotted for the seven year Tribulation (this time has been shortened by Christ, Matthew 24:22).
6 “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.”
How does Satan the Dragon blaspheme God? By claiming to be God and deceiving the whole world as stated in II Thessalonians 2. When Satan steps foot on earth we will enter the time of the “Great Apostasy”, not before. This is the time when the whole world will change their religion; they will follow and worship Satan instead of God, willingly thinking it is Christ. This is the Tribulation, the trial, the test… Will you follow Satan, ultimately accepting the Mark of the Beast or will you wait for the return of the true Christ? Turn your Bibles with me…
II Thessalonians 2:3
3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
The topic in the opening verses of this chapter is concerning Christ’s return. That shall not happen until there is a “Falling Away” which is Strong’s Word 646 and it means, “defection from truth.” We will have a “defection from truth” (apostasy) when the inhabitants of the world whore after Satan who claims to be the Lamb. Satan is the “man of sin” and the “son of perdition”, he is the only one who has been condemned to death by name, there is no redemption for Satan so he was not allowed to be born in the flesh. If you have not been taught this from God’s Word you are already setup to be deceived…
II Thessalonians 2:4
4 “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.“
This is our second witness, this verse is the same point in time as Revelation 13:6. Satan claims to be God Himself and the whole world will believe Satan because he is supernatural and has come to bring a perceived peace. Supernatural does not mean magical, Satan is completely natural, but he has the ability to control natural elements, he is “super-natural”. He will show miracles as we will learn shortly. Returning now to the book of Revelation.
7 “And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
The entire world has not only bought the idea that Satan is Christ and worshiped him, but they have given him complete control over the One World Governmental Beast System (Revelation 13:3-4; 12:9). No Christian would ever give Satan anything knowingly, which is why it is so important you know the timing and events of his coming!
While the entire world has bought into Satan’s deception there will be a select few called the “Saints” who are the “Elect,” they will be speaking out against Satan and his Mystery Babylon Government. They have been “Sealed” with God’s Word (Revelation 7, Revelation 14:1). This is exactly why Satan will wage a spiritual war against them. The inhabitants of the earth will be disgusted by the Saints, labeling them as outcasts for not believing in the perceived Christ. In Luke 21, the Saints are delivered up before “Death” which is one of Satan’s names (Hebrews 2:14). At that point in time, the Holy Spirit will speak through the Saints, delivering a testimony that no one will be able to speak against. Because of this, many shall see through the deception of Satan and return to the True God.
This is the approximate time the “Two Witnesses” will make their appearance. Revelation 11:3-12 documents they only have 1260 days to prophesy, then they are killed only to be raised 3.5 days later in verse 11. This is literally moments before Christ returns. 1260 days is approximately equal to 42 months. As we explained earlier, 42 months is equal to 3.5 years, half of the Tribulation. So the Two Witnesses cannot precede Satan, as Satan is here for the entire week, the entire Tribulation! Since the time of their death is just days before Christ’s return, we know the Two Witnesses arrive at the midst of the week.
We must make a note, at the True Christ’s return we are all instantly changed from our flesh bodies into our spiritual bodies which do not get sick, old or die (I Corinthians 15:51-55). So when Satan comes claiming to be Christ and people are still in the flesh and die and more importantly the Two Witnesses die, this should tip you off the professed Christ is a fake! When the True Christ returns there will be no flesh and no more death until the “Lake of Fire” which is at the end of the millennium, that is the second death, the death of the soul (Revelation 20:14-15).
8 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Nobody is going anywhere, there is no middle ground, you will stand with God or you will worship Satan.
9 “If any man have an ear, let him hear.”
Are you rightly dividing the Word, meaning to understand what you read? Do you hear, can you understand what God is saying?
10 “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
The Saints will not take up arms against Satan who has an immortal body or his One World Beast Government. God Himself shall be the Saints weapon, this will transpire when Luke 21:12-19 becomes a reality. Verse 19 states, “in your patience possess ye your souls” backing up our verse here in Revelation. Remember, we are to suit up with the “Gospel Armor”, which is the “Word of God” (Ephesians 6:11-18).
11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.”
12 “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.”
Satan accomplishes this through deception. This is the Mark of the Beast, everyone willingly worships Satan and the Governmental Beast System as they have been deceived into believing they are following Jesus Christ.
13 “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,“
No man can perform this miracle except for a supernatural being. That supernatural being is Satan and remember as we documented, he will bring his fallen angels with him who are supernatural as well. They will be extremely convincing, so much so, even the Saints would be deceived unless the time was shortened (Matthew 24:22).
14 “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.”
Why did the world worship the Beast? Because they were deceived by his supernatural abilities, by the miracles he performed! When this verse becomes reality we will witness the biggest church revival in history. Atheists, Muslims, Buddhists you name the religion they will drop it like a hat and worship the false one. It will be perceived that Christ has returned and restored order to a One World Government that received a deadly wound. Yet, it will be Satan “disguised” as Christ.
15 “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.”
You will not be killed if you fail to worship the Beast, God always protects His own. The word “killed” is Strong’s word 615 which comes from the base of 575 and one of the meanings is, “separation.” When Satan is present on earth there will most definitely be a separation. There will be those who worship Satan and believe he is Christ and there will be the Saints who know he is the false messiah. When the Saints are delivered up to Satan, Luke 21:18 states, “But there shall not an hair of your head perish.” God’s Word does not contradict itself.
16 “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:”
Here is the Mark. First, how did he cause them to accept the Mark? By Deception! The people of the earth not only think Christ has returned but think they are taking part in His Kingdom!
Notice, it says in, not on your forehead. What is in your forehead? Your brain. We are talking about a spiritual Mark in your forehead, meaning you have bought into the deception of the false messiah believing Satan is Christ. The Mark in your right hand symbolizes your work. So not only do you believe that Satan is Jesus Christ but you are doing his work as well. The people of the earth will be over-joyed and jumping at the opportunity to take part in the perceived Christ’s Government.
Think for a moment. A visible Mark of any kind much less “666” on someone’s head or hand certainly would not fool anyone, especially a Christian. Please now turn with me to,
3 “Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.“
In the first two verses the angels are holding back the four winds which signify the end. The seven angels with the seven trumpets cannot start to blow them until God’s servants are Sealed. Where are they Sealed? In there foreheads. Meaning they believe God’s Word absolute therefore they cannot be deceived. The Seal is not some physical Mark. If you are not Sealed with God’s Word you will not only be deceived by Satan but you will be helping his Governmental Beast along. Those that are Sealed will not have a “777” tattooed on their forehead just as those that are deceived will not have a “666” on their forehead. God’s Word is not fantasy, it is real life folks. Let’s look at a second witness.
1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.”
These are the Saints from Revelation 7 that went through the Tribulation. This time it is stated that it is written. Where? In their forehead. In their brains. If you are looking for a physical Mark you will be deceived. The people of the earth who whore after the false messiah will not have a physical Mark, that would fool no one. The Mark is the thoughts in your brain, what you believe and the actions you take, a spiritual Mark. Returning now to,
17 “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.”
Why would you not be able to buy or sell? If you do not accept Satan the Dragon’s spiritual Mark, you are not accepting him as Christ. Therefore you cannot take part in Satan’s Governmental System. You cannot walk into a store and say bless the Lord that sits in Jerusalem and walk out with food, that would be bowing a knee to Satan and acknowledging him as Christ. Instead you will be an outcast, the people of the earth might even try to harm you. To them, you are disrespecting the perceived Jesus Christ who has shown you miracles right before your very eyes and you still will not believe…
Why? You have been taught the false messiah comes first, therefore you will not be deceived! You have taken the time to read God’s Letter to you with understanding. This is serious business my friends, the whole world will be shouting you down. Can you make that stand for Christ?
18 “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
That is Satan’s number. He is the sixth seal, sixth trumpet and sixth vial.
The Mark of the Beast is a spiritual Mark. It is the entire world buying into the fallacy that Satan is Jesus Christ who has brought His Kingdom to reign on earth. It is utter deception!
In Revelation 6:14-15 we read the people of the earth including the kings and great men wish for the mountains to fall on them. At this point, the True Jesus Christ has just made his appearance, which means we are instantly changed into our spiritual bodies. The people wish for this because they finally realize they have been deceived by Satan. Unfortunately, for them it is one day too late…
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”, Hosea 4:6.
Take your time with this study, pray to God for wisdom, guidance and direction.