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Revelation 13:16, 17



October 18, 2002

Revelation 13:16, 17

[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: [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.

I closed Prophecy Update Number 89 by saying I would continue to talk about what causes the mark to be a necessity, which is, of course, great famine across one-fourth of the world. The one-fourth will be the known world that existed at the time John wrote the book of Revelation, and it will be in that area that the mark is accepted by most of the inhabitants.

Revelation 6:8

[8] And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

As I indicated in the exposition of Revelation 6:1-8 in Prophecy Update Number 89, the last three riders on the red, black, and pale horses, are identified as the takers of life over one-fourth of the earth. The red horse rider shed the red color of blood with the sword. The black horse rider caused the black around the eyes associated with intense famine. The pale horse rider, whose horse is a pale yellow-green, produces the color associated with pestilence illnesses that cause this pre-demise color by the “bug” of infectious death. The four judgments in this verse are by sword, famine, pestilence, and the beasts of the earth. The same four judgments were passed on Jerusalem during the Babylonian siege.

Ezekiel 14:21

[21] For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

According to the writings of the Jewish historian Josephus, all four of these judgments came upon Jerusalem during both the Babylonian and the Roman sieges of 587 B.C. and A.D. 70. During the Roman siege the famine became so intense that they ate the babies immediately after they were born.

Luke 21:23, 24

[23] But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! For there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. [24] And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Once again, because of Israel’s ever growing secular departure from belief in the God of Israel, both the land and Jerusalem are going to be recipients of these judgments.

Zechariah 13:8

[8] And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zechariah 14:1, 2

[1] Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. [2] For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

But at the end of God’s judgments, Israel will repent and turn to their God through Jesus their Messiah in the Negev wilderness. God will then go forth and fight for them against their enemies, and once again He will restore them to greatness, but this time it will be forever.

Zechariah 14:3

[3] Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

Zechariah 13:9

[9] And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Zechariah 14:11

[11] And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

Zechariah 14:9

[9] And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.

Zechariah 14:16

[16] And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

In the areas of the most intense famine areas the carnivorous beasts, once having experienced the taste of weakened human bodies dying of famine, whet their new found taste with much human flesh. I do expect this to occur in the Old World Empire of antichrist, and while I do believe we are going to suffer food shortages in the United States, I do not believe the one-fourth of the world in Revelation 6:8 applies to what is known historically as the New World.

Revelation 13:17

[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.

Are these three different things, any one of which would allow a man to buy or sell? Are the mark, the name, and the number three different things, or they all the same thing? More on this will appear in Prophecy Update Number 91, Lord willing.


October 25, 2002

Revelation 13:17

[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.

Does this mean there are three different things of the beast that a man may possess, and that any one of the three things will allow him to buy or sell? Are the mark, the name, and the number three different things? I like the translation of Kenneth Wuest, which answers these questions.

Revelation 13:17

[17] To the end that no one should be able to buy or sell except he who has the mark of identification consisting of the name of the Wild Beast or the number that stands for his name.

I have listened for years to all sorts of expositions of what the mark is, where and how it is applied, how it will be picked up on scanners at centers of trade and from satellites, and a multitude of other sorts of “big brother” monitoring by the antichrist’s evil system. Quite frankly, until proven otherwise at the time of its appearance, I will simply believe it is a mark something like a permanent tattoo consisting of his name, or of the number that stands for his name. I do believe the letters of his name in the Koine Greek alphabet, which were used for counting, will add up to a total of six hundred and sixty-six. So, every time some new personage arrives on the world scene in the Old World for John’s day, I plug in his name into the alphabet and see what it totals. So far I have drawn a blank.

Revelation 13:18

[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.

It would be counted as men usually counted in Koine Greek letters, i.e., Alpha = 1, Beta = 2, Gamma = 3, etc. In the ancient cultures the system of numerical equality was adapted, which assigns each letter of a name its usual numerical value, and then gives the sum of the number as the equivalent of the name. The name for Jesus is IESOUS. So I =10, E = 8, S = 200, O = 70, U = 400, and S = 200, for a total of 888. 666 was looked upon as being less than enough or incomplete, 777 was looked upon as being enough or complete, and 888 was considered as being more than enough. Truly, as Paul testifies in Philippians 2:8-11, he was, is, and always shall be, more than enough.

Philippians 2:8-11

[8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [9] Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Hebrews 13:8

[8] Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

II Corinthians 9:15

[15] Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

Revelation 19:16

[16] And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Luke 21:27

[27] And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.