Mark of the Beast
Number 666, The Mark of the Beast
There are numerous interpretations of the book of Revelation, many of which are quite extravagant. For example, people have come up with many strange explanations, codes, and theories about the mark of the beast, and the Antichrist. In trying to learn the identity of the Antichrist, there have been many questions about 666, the mark of the beast in Revelation. The Revelation Unlocked answers many of our questions regarding the mark of the beast. Revelation 13:17-18 says that no one will be able to buy or sell except those who have the mark of the beast, the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Let him who has understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
To find answers to God’s riddles, it is important to look for the answer in His Word, the Holy Bible. The only place in Scripture that 666 is the number of a man’s name is in the book of Ezra. Of those carried away captive to Babylon, the second chapter lists the number of their descendants who went out of captivity and returned to Jerusalem and Judah. Verse 13 shows that of the children of Adonikam were 666. Then, in the eighth chapter of Ezra, of those returning from Babylon, those who accompanied Ezra were “the last sons of Adonikam, whose names were these: Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah” (v. 13). Therefore, Shemaiah was numbered as the 666th of the sons of Adonikam who returned from Babylonian captivity.
Could it be that Shemaiah will actually be the name of the Antichrist? Although this may not be conclusive evidence that the Antichrist of Revelation will be named Shemaiah, it is the only name given in Scripture that is numbered 666; and it is “the number of a man, and his number is 666.” And from Ezra 2:13 and 8:13, we can easily count 666 as the number of the beast’s name.
In Scripture symbolism, the “forehead” symbolizes one’s thoughts (Rev. 7:3; Jer. 3:3), and one’s “hand” symbolizes the actions and deeds within their power (Micah 2:1-2; 4:10: Isa. 37:20). Since the mark of the Holy Spirit is an internal mental seal in the forehead (Rev. 7:3; 1 John 3:23-24), the mark of the beast would also be an internal mental seal that would be evident in one’s actions and deeds (hand). Those who are sealed mentally with 666, the mark of the beast, the Antichrist, that is, those who worship this man, Shemaiah, the number of whose name is 666, shall suffer the wrath of God and be tormented with fire and brimstone forever (Rev. 14:9-11).
God’s Word also identifies the position held by the Antichrist. Learn the identity of the Antichrist, and find answers to many of your questions about the mark of the beast, 666, the number of the beast, and other end time prophecies in my book, The Revelation Unlocked. I hope this book will be a blessing to you and that you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed working on it.
- Carolyn M. Prince