Biblical Chronology and an End Times Perspective




666 - The Mark of the Beast



Do you see the Mark of the Beast on his forehead?


What do these two scriptures have in common?


It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 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. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666. (Revelation 13:16-18, NIV)


In the whole land,” declares the Lord, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it. This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ” (Zechariah 13:8-9)


Both are descriptions during End Times. They both contain the number of Marked lost, 666[1]  or two-thirds of mankind. That is 666 parts out of a 1,000, or 66.6%


But isn’t the number 666 singular, “a man”? No, it is the number of plural “man” or “mankind”. The original Greek "anthropos" is usually translated “men” in the Revelation. Also the Mark as the "name" of the Beast, may be rendered "authority" or "cause".


This leaves one-third of mankind as the Christians and a remnant of Jews. 33.4% is another harbinger of End Times and the return of Jesus. For Jesus said the Great Commission would be completed and then the End would come.


And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)


The internet and cell phones have extended the Gospel to almost everyone on earth. Worldwide Christians have leveled off at one-third.[2] The Lord's people have reached the third who will be put in the fire. Acquire the Fire. The End is near.


Did you recognize the Mark of the Beast on the forehead of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri? The zabiba, زبيبة, or prayer bump. It is a sign of piety among Muslims from pressing their foreheads against the ground while praying five times daily.


Thou (O Muhammad) seest them bowing and falling prostrate (in worship), seeking bounty from Allah and (His) acceptance. The mark of them is on their foreheads from the traces of prostration. Such is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Gospel - like as sown corn that sendeth forth its shoot and strengtheneth it and riseth firm upon its stalk, delighting the sowers - that He may enrage the disbelievers with (the sight of) them. Allah hath promised, unto such of them as believe and do good works, forgiveness and immense reward. (Quran 48:29)


Often the right hand is placed over the mouth and nose to prevent inhaling dust, sometimes leading to a mark on the back of the right hand. There may only be a temporary dust Mark on the forehead or right hand of many Muslims, but God can see it.


Why a Mark only on the right hand, and not the left? The right hand is for eating and the left for the toilet. Under Sharia Law the right hand of thieves is cut off so they man not eat with the righteous. An example from the hadith:


In Sunan Abi Dawood (33) it is narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: The right hand of the Messenger of Allah [Muhammad] (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was for his purification and food, and his left hand was for using the toilet and anything that was dirty.


So bump your heads in prayer and raise a welt. Let us see you are part of the coming 666.


The Beast is already with us. Don’t listen to the Nicolaitans, who Jesus hates (Revelation 2:6, 2:15).


[1] Some early manuscripts have the number 616. Perhaps there will be some "undecided" in End Times. They had best decide before the Great White Throne Judgment.


[2]  David Barrett et al, "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200," Oxford University Press, (2001). An Internet search yields similar results today with one-third of worldwide Christians.


Last update: September 15, 2013