And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred and threescore and six. Revelation 13:16-18.
Notice that in the above scripture there are 3 distinct nouns mentioned, all different from each other: mark, name or number. It is very plausible that John, when writing the above passage, wrote down what he saw, six hundred years before Islam ever came into being. And what John saw may not be what many Christians have interpreted to be a "literal" number, six hundred and sixty-six, and may not be a number at all, but rather symbols and characters for a man’s name, or the name of the beast, or a (kingdom) it represents.
Strongs intepretation for the word “beast” is a wild animal.
From Daniel’s dream in Daniel 7:3-6, Daniel describes three kingdoms which he saw, figuratively, as a lion, a bear and a leopard. Further on, in Daniel 7:23, Daniel writes that the fourth “beast”shall be the fourth “kingdom”. So we can conclude that the word “beast” denotes a “kingdom.” Further, there is no dispute among those biblical historians who have studied these three beasts or kingdoms who they represent, with the leopard being the ancient Greek empire or kingdom, which includes modern day Syria, the lion being ancient Babylon,which today includes modern day Iraq, and the bear the Medo-Persia beast (kingdom,) which includes modern day Iran. The fourth beast (kingdom) in Daniel 7:7 is described as being dreadful and terrible and is known to be the ancient Roman Empire.
From Revelation 13:2, John writes “And the "beast" which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. In this scripture, John mentions "beast" in the singular form, which includes parts of all the other three "beasts." All of the above ancient empires, or beasts, today are all Islamic kingdoms and the ancient enemies of Israel. John further writes that the dragon, which we know is satan, gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. From these scriptures, it’s not too difficult today to see the mark of the beast and what it represents today.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.The muslim army suffered a deadly wound in its attempts to conquer Europe at the Battle of Tours in 732.
The first jihad of muslim conquest and atrocities ended at the Battle of Tours, causing a literal head wound when the leader of the muslim army, Emir Abd er Raham, was killed. With no leader, the muslim army was forced to turn around. Had Rahman prevailed at the Battle of Tours, he would probably have conquered and taken all of Christian Europe at the time, but his death saved Europe from the muslim conquest and islamization, which undoubtedly would have changed the course of history.
But, as history has proven the Islamic head wound has been healed, only to carry out jihad somewhere else and or to return to a former location where Islam was defeated to try again.
And they worshipped the dragon (satan) which gave power unto the beast: (Islamic kingdom). And they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Revelation 13: 3-4We know from scripture that the dragon is satan, from which the beast (kingdom) gets his power. Revelation 20:2
We read daily that all across Islamic or muslim countries how Christians are severely persecuted, tortured, imprisoned and beheaded for denouncing Islam and its prophet and converting to Christianity. And even in Europe and America, Christians are being discriminated against more and more. Non muslim people in predominantly muslim countries in the Middle East and Asia are not free to buy or sell without proclaiming to be muslim because they cannot get employment due to the fact they are persecuted and discriminated against, live underground or on the run. In fact, in Egypt, beginning in 1990, all citizens are required to carry a national ID card identifying oneself as Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc. This is true not only in Egypt, but also Iran and other muslim countries.
As I was reading an article from WND, Iran Preparing Now For Armageddon, my attention was focused upon a statement where in a book "A Time To Betray," it is documented when Khomeini announced the campaign, he said,
“If the person at any stage or at any time maintains his (or her) support for the opposing groups, the sentence is execution. "Annihilate the enemies of Islam immediately."The list of actions by Khamenei includes investigation of private business owners.
If records show that at any time in the past they have not supported the Islamic regime, their businesses and belongings could be confiscated. Please refer to the WND link to read the article. Here we have again where an Islamic religious regime tyrant is calling for the annihilation of the enemies of Islam and or the confiscation of the belongings of private business owners if the Islamic regime is not supported.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast (kingdom),or the number of his name
Today, in Egypt, a Middle East journalist has reported that Christian minors are being kidnapped by Islamics and the court ordered the minor to be held in a state run home to be indoctrinated back into Islam until the minor reaches age 18.
From Behold The Beast, Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist, now Christian evangelist, said that when he saw the Greek symbol that is translated in the Bible as 666, he immediately read it as the Arabic character “Bismillah”. (Some spell Bismilla) which means “in the name of Allah.” )Though it looks more like the character for “Allah”)
I put up “Mark Of The Beast Interpreted By Walid Shoebat Video” in February 2009. For the purposes of this writing, I am including it below and I urge all to watch this seven minute interpretation.
Here is another excellent illustration that demonstrates the mark of the beast!
Islam denies that Jesus, the Son of God shed his blood, was crucified for the sins of humanity and was resurrected on the third day by God the Father. Further, the writings of Islam denies that God has a Son.
Sura 19:88-89 "The say (Allah) Most gracious has begotton a son!" "Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous!
Surah 4.157- That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.: but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.
Jesus said “For this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins Matthew 26:28. And, almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22
And lo a voice from heaven saying, “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22, 2 Peter 1:17.
In the Revelation of John, Revelation 14:1, John writes: “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand having his Father’s name written in their foreheads”.
And, in Revelation 22:3-4 “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”
Knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ has all of his people sealed with the Holy Spirit, and marked with Christ‘s name written on their foreheads, which is a "spiritual mark", that is, he knows who belongs to Him and who doesn’t, it is very reasonable to say that those who worship the beast are also marked and follow the religion of the founder of Islam, and their foreheads are marked with the name of Allah, a "spiritual mark", which is not the name of or same as the Christian God.
The name of the Christian God in the Hebrew Scriptures is from Exodus 3:14 I AM, and YHVH - the special name of God was combined with "The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations." See Exodus 3:15-16.
And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. Revelation 13:6.
The muslim Dome of the Rock was built in 688 AD, (AD means the number of years since the time of Christ) 300 feet from the actual Temple Mount site in Jerusalem, Israel where King Solomon's Temple to God was built. It was built over a solid rock formation named "as-Sakhra". According to muslim tradition, this is the rock that supposedly Muhammad ascended into heaven, and sets in the center of the Court of the Gentiles. Ezekiel 42:20. Contrary to what Christians have been taught to believe, the Dome of the Rock is the Abomination of Desolation that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:15. See also Daniel 12:11, Revelation 11:2.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred and threescore and sixAnother very significant aspect to consider is the word “number” in the passage of Revelation 13:18.
In the Greek, from Thayers Greek Lexicon the word number is defined as a “multitude” or indefinite number. Insert the word “multitude” where the word number is and you have the multitude or indefinite number of the (followers of ) Allah. This could, perhaps, also be any false god as in any false religion that has compromised the Gospel of Christ that is taking place in the ecumenical movement today that combines Christianity with Islam.
As I pointed out earlier, in Middle East and Asian muslim countries, you cannot buy or sell except for the mark of Islam. Sharia law is rapidly being pushed through in many countries around the world. Libya and Egypt being the most recent. How long before it will come to America is anyone’s guess with the corrupt lawmakers running the American government. If you want to buy, or sell, you will have to prove who you belong to, Christ or Allah. You will have to prove you are a muslim first, and if not convert.
Who do you belong to? Christians all over America and in western countries must boldly proclaim the Gospel of Christ, while there is still time because from all appearances, time is swiftly running out. We must reach as many people as we possibly can. Pray for the good people and our brothers and sisters in the Middle East caught up in the torture and persecution in muslim countries. And pray that muslims all over the Middle East will continue to embrace the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
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