Friday, February 3, 2012

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 is six 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.13:11,14; 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-infused and directed Image / god (Rev.13:15) 
                (to "give breath" is to imbue with "spirit-authority/backing/direction" -John 20:22-23)
         (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 Yhvh 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 and used its 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) (Rom.8:14; Ps.82:6). 
         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/dichotomy) 
         and power 
          (Prov.3:27 "hand"), and makes these obedient to the false prophet's lies
          (Rev.13:16; Isa.44:20) (Rev.13:10; Col.2:8; Luke 21:24)
(see " MARK  on the Forehead")
   -Unless you are a worshiper of the image of the wild beast, you can not "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" 

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 God.)
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.....
    -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; Rev.13:7
    -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 (Amos 7:7-8; 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 -Heb.9:11; John 2:19) 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; John 15:5,8; 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; Num.35:30;  1Kings 21:10,13; John 8:17,18; 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.17:6 b; Deut.19:15; John 7:18; 5:31; 8:13,14,18; Num.35:30) 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 to Rev.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.
(Mark of slavery)
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 (Matt.23:10; John 7:18).


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, barely visible "egg" (lie...6) were called "Truth", those enslaved through it's progression would still call the full-grown Frog, Truth.
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.16:13-14; 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.

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Pearl, what does 144,000 and 666 mean? How can mankind practically apply these numbers and their meaning in their lives?
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Since we pointedly receive the numbers 144,000 and 666 from the scriptures, we should seek a deeper understanding of these numbers, from the same place.
First I would like to point out, that worshippers of the Wild Beast, are marked with 666, on their hand and forehead (see Rev.13:16,17,18,15,8).
What does it mean to possess the symbolic mark of 666?
Well, what does it means to be marked with anything on the hand and forehead, since the slaves of God are also marked in these same places, though not by 666 (Rev.7:3; 14:1; 22:4).
I find Deut.6:4,6; Deut.6:8 the most telling...
"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Tie them as symbols on your hands and on your foreheads."
When our hearts are filled with God's Laws (Heb.10:16), it is seen symbolically as on our forehead ("I will write them on their minds"). 
Our marked "hands", (symbolizing what we do); and our marked "forehead" (symbolizing what we think and believe), are then directed by God. Those faithful to God's New Covenant (Heb.10:16), will have a spiritual mark, that identifies them as loyal from the heart, to God's Laws.
[That mark is seen, only in the spirit realm. Yet this distinction is observable in the physical realm,
  by examining a prophet's deeds (hands), and teaching (mind)
  -(Mal.3:18; Eze.14:23,22; Matt.7:20)]

To be directed by and obedient to God's Laws, is to be a slave of God (and His Laws). This brings us back to the symbolism of Rev.7:3 and Rev.22:3B, Rev.22:4...
“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the slaves of our God.” 
"...his slaves will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads."

Here's the tie between obeying God's word, and being his branded slave...
"Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient, you are slaves of the one you obey —whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin"... [branded with "666" and by the "man of sin"  2Thess. 2:3; Rev.13:18], "you have come to obey from your heart (Deut.6:6; Heb.10:16) the pattern of teaching [God's Laws] that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." (Rom.6:16-18)

Okay, now back to the numbers.
The obedient slaves/worshippers of the Beast, have their hands and foreheads so designated, by the number 666.
As we learned about God's Laws marking the hands and forehead... The Beast's directive Laws are represented by the symbolic mark, 666. First, we need to know what the number "6" means. 
We can, when we know what 12 means.
Are not God's Laws, declared to be the truth?
"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:17)
So if our minds, hearts, and deeds are directed by God's Laws, they are directed by and obedient to, Divine Truth.
What number would that symbolically place on our hand and forehead?
The number twelve is constantly associated with the foundation and working of divine truth....
12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, 12,000 in each tribe...
the "measurements" (Isa.28:17) of God's City of Truth (Rev.21:16,27)...

"Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. No lie was found in their mouths" (Rev.14:1,5)
[144,000 is equal to 12 hundred X 12 hundred)

If the divine truth found in God's Words/Laws, is associated with the number "12", 
take note what other number truth is associated with...
"In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true." (John 8:17)
"And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 
If anyone tries to harm them,   fire comes from their mouths" (Rev.11:3,5a)
"'Is not my word like fire?,' declares the LORD" (Jer.23:29a)
"I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes" (Jer.5:14b)
"for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you" (Matt.10:20)

So, TWO witnesses can symbolize witnesses of truth, just as the number "12" does.
What number would symbolize, one witness?
And what would one witness, signify?

If 12 is associated with 2 witnesses,
then one witness would be 6. (2x=12;  x=6)
According to the bible, one witness was to be regarded as false. (Deut.17:6b; 19:15; John 7:18; 5:31; 8:13,14,18; Num.35:30).
If six stands for lies (Satan is their source -John 8:44)
then where are 3 false witnesses? (6-6-6)
Check it out...
"Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, (1) out of the mouth of the beast (2), and out of the mouth of the false prophet (3). They are demonic spirits that perform... lying signs and portents" (Rev.16:13,14a;  2Thess. 2:9;  2Tim. 3:13).

We learned that the spirit of God can symbolically speak through "two" truthful and unified  witnesses (Matt.10:20) (6+6=12);
and the spirit of demons can speak through Satan, the Beast, and the false prophet (Rev.16:14)...all of whom are false witnesses (6-6-6).
Any branded by their lies, are also false witnesses (Rev.13:16; Isa.44:20; Ps.144:8; Rom.1:25; Rev.13:8;  2Thess. 2:11). To call themselves God's true witnesses, is another blasphemous lie, which they espouse in heart, deed, and mind; and by which lies, they are thereby symbolically branded as slaves (Rev.13:5,6,16,8,18). 
In actuality, they are witnesses for *Satan (Rev.16:13; 12:15;  2Cor. 11:14,15;  2Tim. 3:13), 
the *false prophet of the "earth" (Rev.13:11,14; 19:20), 
and the Gentile *Wild Beast "from the 'sea'" [Man of Lawlessness / locust-scorpions (2Thess. 2:4,9; Rev.13:4,1; 11:7; Rev.9:2,3,10,11; Isa.33:1)]; 
and all the demonic exhalations which issue forth through the Beast from *those three. They are therefore, branded as their slaves (6-6-6) (Rev.13:16,17,18)

I feel the following affords some confirmation...
There are "24 elders" and "12 tribes" (Rev.7:5-8; 4:4).
This means that each tribe has two elders.
If the 12 tribes are 144000, then each tribe = 12,000 (Rev.7:5);
and each elder is over 6,000. 
There must be 12,000, and there must be 2 elders...not 6,000, and not one elder, because both 1 witness and 6, signify untruth. 
There are therefore, 12 sets of 2 witnesses (=24) for 12 tribes.
Two and twelve are needed, not because these numbers are literal, but because the Truth they signify, is essential 
(Rev.14:5; Eph.5:27; Rev.19:7,8;  1Cor. 1:6,8).

Those who are obedient from the heart, to the untruths of the dragon, wild beast, and false prophet; are so designated by having their hands and foreheads symbolically branded as slaves to their deceptive laws and decrees (Rev.13:17,18).
On the other hand, those obedient to Divine truth, are branded as obedient slaves to that truth (Deut.6:6,8; Rev.22:3,4), and to the Divine Beings who are the source of it (Rev.7:3; 14:1,5).

How can we make practical application of all this?
We must make certain that our service, obedience, and worship is to God alone. This is just as Jesus kept admonishing us (Matt.4:10; 22:36,37,38; Deut.10:12) 

(2Cor. 13:5;  1John 4:1;  1Thess. 5:21,22;  1Tim. 4:1; Rev.16:13,14,15; 13:15,8;  2Thess. 2:1,2,3,4,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15)
We must make certain, that everything we believe, obey, and practice, is sourced in God's word of Truth.
Our minds, hearts, and deeds must be directed by and obedient to, God's Laws of Divine Truth. 
Only then are we marked as His slaves (1John 2:17; Rom.6:18,22).