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Rev.13:14-18 reads: "14 And it (two horned beast-Rev.13:11) misleads those who dwell on the earth,because of the signs that were granted it to perform in the sight of the wild beast, while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast that had the sword-stroke and yet revived. 15 And there was granted it to give breath to the image of the wild beast, so that the image of the wild beast should both speak and cause to be killed all those who would not in any way worship the image of the wild beast. (Daniel 3:6; Rev.9:2) 16 And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead, 17 and that nobody might be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. 18 Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its number issix hundred and sixty-six. Leading up to the mystery of 666, are details about the beast that bears this symbol. Bible names themselves, are indicators of the attributes of a name's bearer (Gen.17:5; 35:18; Luke 6:14). (Ben-Oni means "son of my sorrow") Therefore, it is reasonable that the attributes of the beast that we are given in Rev. ch.13, are expressed in this number. It will therefore be helpful to take a closer look at these attributes. As indicated by my word emphasis above, I will list those attributes of the Wild Beast: * Receives backing from one who is misleading (Rev.13:14; 19:20; Dan.8:24) * Stands as an idolatrous image (Rev.13:14,8; 2Thess.2:4) (this god is false) * "Image" is falsely given life/breath/spirit, so seems a true, spirit-inspired Image / god (Rev.13:15) (to "give breath" is to imbue with "spirit-direction" -John 20:22) (false idols are obviously dead: Psalm 135:15,16,17) The "image of the wild beast" does have "spirit/breath in it's mouth", and "speaks" Rev.13:15). From where did it get this life/"breath"/spirit as a "living" image/god? From the "two-horned" beast! Just as YHWH took from Himself some of the life/spirit within him, and gave it to Adam (Gen.2:7) so too this "two-horned" beast has taken authority ("key" to deception/abyss) to appear to give divine authority and power, from itself, to unleash the Wild Beast/"locust-scorpion" collective) as also having "divine" authority to speak and kill / power (Rev.9:1-3). The Image of the Beast is not one of wood or stone, but one consisting of living men (Joel 1:6; 2:2,4; Rev.9:8-9; Matt.24:21). Since the "earth" accepts the Image of the Wild Beast as spirit-inspired, (due to the "two-horned" beast symbolically breathing upon it), then the "earth" has also assumed, that the "two-horned" false prophet possesses the power and authority to bestow spirit. It is therefore also assumed as possessing spirit itself, and is therefore viewed as god-like. Such "gods"/"objects of reverence/worship", are the Chosen Ones (2Thess.2:4; John 10:35; 1Cor.3:16). The two-horned beast, is an anointed false prophet/witness ("two" horns)**. He is one of the unfaithful, fallen anointed, (Matt.24:48,51; Zech.11:15,16,17) (2Tim.2:20-21; Jer.51:7) wicked stewards, who became one of Satan's weeds. (2Pet.3:17; Rev.8:10,11; 9:1; Matt.13:24,36,37,38,39,40,42; 24:48,51). Therefore, this "image" progeny of the "two-horned" beast, is a misleading deceptive tool used by this false prophet (Rev.13:14-15; 19:20). -After this image is given life/"breath"/spirit/authority (Rev.9:3), it can "kill" those who do not worship it (Rev.13:15). The collective beast is made up of living representatives of this "image" (Rev.9:3; 13:15), just as the faithful anointed make up (and represent) the body of Christ. As we represent our Lord...the locust-scorpions represent the beast. If anointed ones unwittingly subject themselves to this image, they will not be "killed" (Rev.9:5,6,4), but they also will not get sealed. If they refuse to worship the wild beast, then they will be "killed" (Rev.11:7; 13:15; John 16:2; Zech.11:4-5) and sealed (Rev.15:2; 6:9,11; Mark 8:35; Rom.6:5; Heb.13:13; Matt.25:6). -The image enslaves people's minds (2Cor.10:5; Deut.11:18 antithesis) and power (Prov.3:27 "hand"), and makes these obedient to the false prophet's lies. (Rev.13:16; Isa.44:20) (see " MARK on the Forehead") -Unless you are a worshiper of the image of the wild beast, you cannot "buy" or "sell" (Rev.3:18; Matt.25:9,10; Rev.18:11; Isa.24:1,2,3,4; Eze.7:10,11,12,13; Zech.11:4,5) (Matt.21:12; Luke 17:28,30; Matt.13:44) This is the spiritual currency of power, devotion, provisions, counterfeit divine approval, authority, and obedience. The wild beast oversees all such "buying" and "selling" (Rev.13:17) Based upon these attributes of the image of the wild beast, we can now be helped to "calculate" the "number" of the wild beast, which is the tangible reality of the idolatrous "image". We are given two additional clues. It is a "man's number", and it is "666" (Rev.13:18). The interpretation of Revelation's symbols must be by God in order to be true (Gen.40:8). The only way to access God's interpretation, is through scripture alone (John 17:17; 2Pet.1:20,21; 2Tim.3:15,16,17; Rev.22:18) Only if we let this simple rule guide us, will our understanding (and our "lamp") be bright (Matt.6:22; Matt.25:8). So then, when we read that the "number" of the wild beast is a "man's number", we must turn to the Bible to find that "man". Since this number represents the traits of the wild beast, it would also represent the traits of this "man" (They both have the same "number" Rev.13:18 and measure up the same to Jehovah.) What "man" in the Bible, measures up like the wild beast? In order to know this, we have to review the traits of the wild beast's image..... -misleading -an idol/"image" that is worshiped -seems true -receives authority/power/life from fallen anointed. -oppresses/"kills"/opposes faithful anointed -enslaves people's minds and deeds -controls spiritual commerce Is there a "man" in the Bible who bears all these traits? Is he associated with the "Lord's Day", as the wild beast is? (Rev.1:10) Let's review the traits of the beast, to find this "man". -misleading: 2Thess.2:3,9,10,11,12 -an idol that is worshiped: 2Thess.2:4 -seems true: 2Thess.2:2,9 -receives authority from fallen anointed: 2Thess.2:2,15; Eze.44:7 -opposes faithful anointed: 2Thess.2:4,6,15,17 (1Cor.3:16,17; 2Cor.6:16; Eph.2:20,21,22) -enslaves people's minds and deeds: 2Thess.2:3,9,10,11,12 -controls spiritual commerce: 2Thess.2:4,6,7,9 And finally, is he associated with the "Lord's Day"? 2Thess.2:1,8 Who is this "Man"? 2Thess.2:3 This is, the "Man of Lawlessness" (Matt.7:22,23) Now that we know who the "Man" is, we are half way through our "calculations" (Rev.13:18). Our other clue, is that both the wild beast and this man of lawlessness, measure up the same (Amos7:7-8; Isa.28:17; Zech.2:1-2,7; Rev.11:1); and that both their number,is 666. Can this number be "calculated"/measured/estimated, based upon scripture? Will that number indicate the traits of both the "Man of Lawlessness", and the image of the "wild beast"? Yes, it can be calculated through scripture. But as indicated, it will require "wisdom" and "intelligence" (Rev.13:18) to do this mathematical calculation. Such wisdom must be given by God (James 1:5). We receive our answer in an unexpected place. Let's turn to Rev.14:1 and Rev.4:4; 5:8,9,10 The "crowns" upon the 24 elders, are "stephanos" crowns...the sort rewarding those who "conquer" (Rev.3:11,21). The anointed temple (not made with hands) is akin to the pattern given Moses, for the physical temple and priesthood that was made with hands. (Ex.25:9; Heb.8:5;Eph.2:10) There were a total of twenty-four heads of families from the tribe of Levi during the days of King David's reign. The regulation of twenty-four courses of priests rotating to minister in the Tabernacle was established in the days when Solomon had the Temple constructed and continued to be observed until the Second Temple was destroyed by Rome in AD 70. This appointed order of ministering by rotating among twenty-four priests was commanded by Jehovah. When Aaron received the regulations concerning the duties of the Levites, he wrote them down. Generations later, during the time of King David, the tribe of Levi had grown to twenty-four clans. The heads of these tribes served as priests in the Temple according to God's commandment. (1Chron.24:1,2,3,4,19). Therefore, these 24 elders in heaven, are representative heads of the 144,000 priests and "12 tribes" of spiritual "Israel" (Rev.7:4; Rom.2:28,29; Gal.3:29;Matt.21:43; John15:5,8; Matt.7:20). Now it's time to do some "calculating". How many of the 144,000 does each "elder" represent? The calculation is..... 144,000 divided by 24, = 6,000. So, each elder represents 6,000. Each "witness/head of truth" (Rev.14:5; Isa.43:10,21; 1Pet.2:9) represents and stands for 6,000. Why would this be...since each tribe consists of 12,000? (Rev.7:4-8) Apparently, this is because there are two representatives (witnesses/heads/elders) over each tribe. 12tribes X 2witnesses(elders) = 24 elders Why would that be? Well, the Bible makes this reason clear... (2Cor.13:1; Deut.19:15; 17:6; Matt.18:16; 26:60,61,62; Heb.10:28,29; Numbers35:30;1Kings21:10,13; John8:17,18; Rev.11:3) Two witnesses are always needed to establish truth. Truth is the entire essence of this holy temple priesthood. The 144,000 become sharers in the human personification of truth perfected (Rev.14:4,5). Every duty these priests perform is based upon this pattern of truth...two witnesses. How does this figure into our "calculation"? As we have seen...these conquering priests pattern their dispensing of truth in perfection, and always by means of two witnesses. (This will be studied in more depth in a future addition to the article about the "Trees of Life", and their monthly "crops" of "fruit".) Therefore, these two elders (two witnesses per each tribe), represent 12,000 priests, or one tribe. Yes...the number ascribed two faithful witnesses (or the number for truth), is twelve; or multiples of 12. It is derived from two witnesses. Each witness is represented by six (6+6=12) (144,000 = 12X12) (Mark 3:14,15; Luke 22:30; Acts 26:7; James 1:1; John 8:18; 11:9; Acts 1:15;7:8; Rev.7:5-8; 12:1; Rev.21:12,14,16,21; 22:2) The entire Kingdom arrangement is based upon truth, two witnesses, and it's symbolic number "12" (6+6). I find interesting confirmation, in the fact that God's Word contains 66 books. **The fact that the "two-horned" beast has TWO horns like a lamb (Rev.13:11), yet "speaks like a dragon", indicates that it appears to be true witnesses/prophet, who is imitating Christ; but it is really an agent of Satan's lies. If Truth (two witnesses) is represented by twelve (6+6), then can you see that each single witness is represented by six? What if we only had one witness? Would that establish truth? (Deut.17:6b; 19:15; John 7:18; 5:31; 8:13,14,18; Num.35:30) No...one witness is as good as a lie. The number "6", would represent a single, false, witness. This is brought out for us when we compare Ezra 2:13 and Neh.7:18. Do you perceive the lesson in those two scriptures? When there is only one witness for a fact, which do we believe? We should not really put faith, in either. Two witnesses with the same story, are needed. Now that we have calculated the meaning of the number "6", let's return toRev.13:18. The number of the wild beast, and the man of lawlessness, is 666. Does this interpretation follow through? Remember the traits of both the "man", the false prophet, and the "wild beast"? (see Rev.13:6,14; 2Thess.2:9,10,11,12) All who receive the mark of the beast on their forehead, believe and become slaves to lies. (pearl-forehead.blogspot.com) All who receive the mark on their right hand, have their willpower enslaved to lies (Isa.44:20; Psalm 144:8,11; Rev.13:16; 2Thess.2:9; 2Tim.3:13; Rev.16:13) They also become false witnesses of false witnesses, as seen in the scripture below. We do receive confirmation of the meaning of 666, as representing slaves of deception.... Rev.16:13 "And I saw three unclean inspired expressions [that looked] like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the wild beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 They are, in fact, expressions inspired by demons and perform signs, and they go forth to the kings of the entire inhabited earth, to gather them together to the war of the great day of God the Almighty." "Three...inspired expressions...expressions inspired by demons". 666 The only unclean expressions of demons, are lies. (2Chron.18:20,21; Rev.16:13; John 8:44) Three...a full amount of false witnesses to establish a lie, (2Cor.13:1) causing it to prevail (2Chron.18:21; Rev.12:9; Rev.13:8; 2Thess.2:11,12) Those three lying witnesses are mentioned here....the "dragon, the wild beast, and the false prophet". Here we see who is behind the lies of the wild beast and man of lawlessness (2Thess.2:9; Rev.13:2). Lies are their wisdom, power, and riches ("gold") (1Kings 10:14; Isa.28:15). We must only accept "gold" refined by fire (Rev.3:18) from Christ himself (Matt23:10;John 7:18). "FROG-LIKE" Why are the lies (6's) described as "frog-like"? In all creation, the life cycle of frogs is the most evolutionary. The change it's life undergoes from invisible egg to land reptile, is drastic. Without fully knowing about this life cycle, we might think that one stage of it's life is an entirely different species. Yes...the frog starts out barely noticeable. If one gave it's development constant attention, the gradual change would be imperceptible. If the tiny "egg" (lie...6) were called "Truth", those enslaved through it's progression would still call the full-grown Frog, Truth. (6+60+600=666) Yes, Satan and these demons know human nature. They have brought about these lies so gradually, that it has gone undetected by those mislead by them. Those who are perishing and enslaved to the wild beast, still feel that these obvious lies, are truth. (Rev.16:13) Their foreheads have been branded like slaves, to lies (1Tim.4:1,2; Rev.13:16). No one can "buy or sell" spiritual provisions (Isa.55:2,1; (Rev.21:6;22:17); John 6:27,51; 14:6; Rev.3:18; Deut.11:18,1; 6:8), unless their mind ("forehead") and work/power ("right hand") is branded into slavery by the demonic lies of the Beast (Rev.13:16,17; Isa.44:20), rather than to God's free truths (Deut.6:6,8; John 8:32). It is robbery to enslave others as the cost for spiritual bread (Amos 8:4,5,6; Matt.24:20; Micah 6:10,11;Eze.45:9,10; Prov.11:1; Hosea 12:7,8,14; Zech.5:10,11; Rev.6:5,6;13:17) (Isa.52:3,5; Rev.13:5,6; 2Thess.2:4). All others who attempt to offer spiritual provisions without cost: (subjection, obedience and worship of the Beast and it's lies), outside the spiritual "commerce" and monopoly of the Beast (Matt.10:8), will be "killed" (Rev.13:15,17; 11:7; 6:9). These enslaving, demonic lies will cover the land....just as the plague of frogs did, in Egypt (Exo.8:1,2,3,4,5,6; Rev.16:13,14; Prov.12:17;2Chron.18:20,21,22; Eze.14:9,10; 2Thess.2:9,10,11,12). (Rev.18:3,6; Isa.51:21,22,23; Rev.11:2; Jer.25:15; Rev.14:10) For those of us who know the Bible's meaning of 666... we are not mislead. We can see these full grown lies, for what they really are. 1Thess.5:4,5,6 Pearl Doxsey 4womaninthewilderness