The Mark, The Number & The Name
There is much discussion taking place now between believers about the mark of the beast, and many expect that mark to be in the form of a microchip implant. That is perhaps an appropriate expectation, as we see much focus in the world’s system on methods by which they might track people and what people do.
It may also make quite a bit of sense to imagine that there could be a time in the near future when the world currencies which are struggling are replaced with a global cashless system that might use microchips to conduct financial transactions.
I think in spite of what seems like the most obvious way the mark of the beast might take form, we should not so quickly decide that we know these things for fact.
It is wise to remember that Satan is subtle in all his ways, and would
seek to do what the people of YHWH would least expect. It is also true that many believers in Him have focused upon the mark, but have neglected to notice that Revelation does not only speak of a mark, but also a number and a name.
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.
– Revelation 13:15-18
“no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name”
By this we should perhaps consider that not every person who pledges loyalty to the beast will have to accept a mark. Some will be accepting a mark, some the name of the beast, and some the number of his name.
It is important to understand this, because it is very possible that many believers feel that so long as they do not accept any sort of mark, they have not given themselves to the beast, but this is not necessarily so.
We must not only identify what might be the mark, but we must also identify what is his name and what is his number as well as what it means to have these in order to buy or sell.
Would it be so difficult to fool many who believe they follow Messiah in to accepting a number or a name in some way? Nearly every person in this nation already is marked by a number, the social security number.
What if the number of the beast came in the form of something which seemed to only update the system already in place? His people must be wise as serpents as well as harmless as doves, and be wary and ready to resist should any new thing become mandatory in order to carry out financial transactions.
An inability to buy and sell perhaps seems frightening but He has said He will provide for our needs, and trusting this in these last days will become a choice between eternal life and eternal death.