What is the “Mark of the Beast”?

The subject of the Mark of the Beast is one of the most vital subjects in all the book of Revelation. In fact, it’s one of the most discussed subjects when people begin to read the book of Revelation, they ask: Who is the beast? What’s ‘the Mark of the Beast?  Is the beast a computer? Is the beast a person? Is the beast a system or some religious organisation? How can I avoid the Mark of the Beast?

The warning against worshiping the beast is the most urgent warning given in the book of Revelation. But the book of Revelation is the Revelation of Yahshua Hamashiach, the Bible says in Revelation 1:1, “The Revelation of Yahshua, which Elohim gave Him to show His servants, things that must shortly take place…” So, whatever the Mark of the Beast is in the book of Revelation, it has something to do with a counterfeit worship. So it seems it has something to do with a system that undermines fundamental Scripture truths.

Let’s go directly to the book of Revelation and let Revelation speak to us. Whatever our past understanding, whatever our previous ideas, we will look not at the teachings of men, not at books that humans have written about the beast or the mark, we will look directly at the book of Revelation, that book given to us by the inspiration of Yahweh, the last book in the Scriptures.

“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth…” (Revelation 14:6,7 says that Yahweh’s last-day message was to go quickly to the ends of the earth) “…to every nation, kindred, tongue and people…” (here is no message given in a corner, here is a message that goes to the ends of the earth, to every people group, to every language group) “…saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear Yahweh and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment is come…”

This message announces that the hour of Yahweh’s judgment has come; so we are living in a special time of earth’s history, just before the coming of Yahshua, and in the light of the coming of Yahshua, in view of the return of our Messiah, the angel says”…and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of waters.” ‘Worship Him who made’ — The ‘One who made’ is the Creator, so Revelation 14:7 is an appeal to worship the Creator alone!

The central issue in Revelation 14 seems to be “worship“. Will you worship Yahweh or the Beast?

The Bible then describes a second angel that follows, saying, ‘Babylon is fallen’ and calls us to separate from counterfeit, false religion. Then after the second angel, the Bible describes a third angel in Revelation 14:9,10, “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or in his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahweh.'”

Now notice the distinction, Revelation 14:7 says, ‘Worship the Creator,’ and Revelation 14:9 says, ‘If anyone worships the beast…”, so the central issue in Earth’s last conflict is over the subject of worship, either worshiping the Creator on one hand or worshiping the beast on another hand, either following the teachings and Torah of Yahweh or following the teachings and instructions of the Beast.

That conflict points out that there are true and false worships that collide. And so in Revelation 14 you have a collision between true worship and false worship, between truth and error, between a divine command of Yahweh and a substitute given by man.

So, the final conflict according to Revelation 14 is over the subject of “WORSHIP“.  Revelation 14:7 says, ‘Worship the Creator,’ and Revelation 14:9 says, ‘Don’t worship the beast,’ and Revelation 14:12 describes a group of people who worship their Creator and do not worship the beast. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of Yahweh and the faith of Yahshua.” So, worshiping the Creator has something to do with keeping the commandments of Yahweh and worshiping the Creator, and in the center of this final issue is over the Mark of the Beast. You worship someone or something by falling down in submission to their beliefs, commandments and teachings.

This message is given by Yahweh whose heart is filled with love, a loving Father who warns His children of the dangers on the road ahead, who calls His people to worship Him as Creator and to keep His commandments, to love Him and love others, and not to worship the beast.

John 14:15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” , 1 John 5:2-4, By this we know that we love the children of Yahweh, when we love Yahweh, and keep his commandments. “For this is the love of Yahweh, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of Yahweh  overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.”

Revelation 21:14 “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” , Romans 3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? Yahweh forbid: yea, we establish the law” Romans 6:15 “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? Yahweh forbid” 1 John 2:3 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” 1 John 5:3 “This is love for Yahweh: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” Hebrews 13:8 “He is the same yesterday, today and forever”. Malachi 3:6 “I Yahweh do not change” 1 John 2:4 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Keeping the 10 commandments in an attempt to earn Salvation will result only in sorrow and despair. But the person who has experienced the gift of salvation through the perfect, righteous life of Yahshua, delights in walking the path of obedience in Yahweh’s law. Yahshua kept the commandments perfectly for us and credits and imputes us with his wonderful and righteous life, however, this does not mean we now can go and willfully break Yahweh’s commandments. If you believe otherwise, Yahweh says the truth is not within, 1 John 2:4.

We are saved through grace, however, grace is like the governor’s pardon to a prisoner. It forgives him, but it does not give him freedom to break one single law. The forgiven person, living under grace, is still under obligation to keep the law. A person who refuses to keep Yahweh’s law, saying that he is living under grace, is mistaken, for he is living under disgrace!

Revelation presents two groups: One group that worships the Creator (Revelation 14:7) and one group that worships the beast (Revelation 14:9). Well, if this whole conflict between good and evil, this whole issue in the controversy between Yahweh and Satan, is over worship, that leads us to the questions, ‘What is the basis of true worship?”

How do you worship the beast? Answer: By following the false beast’ teaching and Commandments over the teaching and Commandments of Yahweh.

The first angel flies in mid-heaven and calls men and women to worship the Creator. The second angel flies in mid-heaven and says, ‘In the last days, don’t worship the beast!’ The central issue is over worship, true worship or false worship, genuine worship or counterfeit worship.

Revelation 4:11 describes the basis of true worship — “You are worthy, O Yahweh, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

Why is Yahweh worthy of our worship? Because He created everything. We did not evolve from a mud. We did not come to life by chance. We were created by Yahweh, and Yahweh created all things. He spoke and it was done. And although a Pope of Rome has said that you can accept evolution as well as creation, the Bible says that that undermines the entire basis for worship, because Yahweh is the Creator, not “evolution”.

Therefore Yahweh blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it, and when Yahweh blesses and sanctifies and sets apart a day from any other day, there is something wonderful about that day. It’s a special time for you and I with Yahweh. The Sabbath is the basis of our praise to Yahweh. (NIV) Hebrews 4:9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of Yahweh.

In fact, in Ezekiel 20:12, the prophet describes the Sabbath as Yahweh’s true sign, “Moreover I ALSO GAVE THEM MY SABBATHS, TO BE A SIGN BETWEEN THEM AND ME, that they might know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies them.”

The Sabbath is a sign between the Father in heaven and His true children, if you look at Ezekiel 20:12 in the Hebrew Strong’s, you will find the Hebrew Strong’s #226 “owth” which can mean sign, but can also mean MARK. So the Sabbath is Yahweh’s MARK and the Mark of the Beast will be opposite to that, those who partake in SUNDAY WORSHIP and those who worship the false Pagan Sun God, Tammuz, later renamed to the false name “Jesus”. Think about it, that’s why they gather every SUN DAY to worship “Jesus”, because “Jesus” is a SUN GOD, not the true Messiah!

Those who willfully ignore and break the Torah are showing dishonour and disobedience to the Father.  The word Torah comes from the Hebrew root word תורה. It derives from “yarah” יָרָה, meaning to put out the hand as pointing, to show, indicate, to teach, instruct, to lay foundations, means “the mark“, which is meant to bring to mind a person as he strives to “hit the mark”. Conversely, the Hebrew word for “sin” means to literally “miss the mark”. So, the picture in the mind that the word Torah is meant to reveal is aiming for the middle of the target to do what is right.

So when we are obedient to the Father’s Torah and Shabbat, we receive His Mark, not the enemies Mark.

Why should we keep the Sabbath day Holy? Answer: Because Yahweh said so, and the Pope said not to bother. Now remember, you show worship and allegiance to the one you obey.

Since the Sabbath is a sign of true worship, and since the Sabbath is in the heart of the 10 Commandments, Satan attacks the Sabbath, and as he attacks the Sabbath, he attacks the Creator, the One who made heaven and earth. The Sabbath is a sign or mark, and when you keep the Sabbath you enter into Yahweh’s rest and embrace the Father’s teaching. The Sabbath is a sign of REST and NO WORK, hence, salvation by faith and grace and not by works!

Yahweh’s seal is in His Spirit, and when a person is born again they are sealed with the Holy Spirit and Yahweh writes His laws on our hearts, and then a person will delight in worshipping the true Elohim.

The Sabbath stands for loyalty to Yahweh. The Sabbath is the outer sign of obedience, the sign that the person is committed to Yahweh. The Sabbath represents a settling into Yahweh’s truth, so that we cannot be moved. “Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living Elohim. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our Elohim on their foreheads.” – Revelation 7:2-3

The forehead represents the mind. (Please don’t believe the stories about the Mark of the Beast going to be a literal tattoo, chip or a laser beam on your forehead, because forehead means the mind. See also Ezekiel 3:9). If it was a literal mark that means that the evil people can tie down a saved person and force them to receive the Mark of the Beast against their will. But that cannot happen, because those who receive the Mark of the Beast do so freely.

And until every human being has had an opportunity to worship the Creator, to know Yahweh’s truth, to understand the difference between false worship and true worship, to understand the difference between the genuine and the counterfeit, to understand the difference between Yahweh and man’s way, the Bible says that Yahweh tells the holy angels to hold back the trouble and the destruction.

Yahweh’s seal and law are both placed ‘in the forehead’, “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts.” Why does Yahweh write His law on our hearts? He writes His law in our hearts, so we love it, so we have a natural impulse to do right. His Holy Spirit comes into our lives and changes us.

Then we love His law, and we love to obey Him, Yahshua said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”

And so, Satan has attacked the Sabbath — in fact, Daniel 7:25 says that an earthly religious power would rise to ‘think to change the law of Yahweh.’

To avoid receiving the Mark of the Beast, we must identify who the “Beast” is.

Is there an earthly religious power today that claims that it has the authority to change Yahweh’s law? Is there such a power? Ask yourself, is there such a power or system around today? Yes there certainly is! There are historical statements, scores of them dating back hundreds of years, in which the Roman Church declares that it has the authority to change Yahweh’s law. Here is only one sample,  a statement that comes from Saint Catherine’s Rectory in northern Michigan in May of 1995. This is the Roman Catholic priest explaining how the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday:

“Perhaps the boldest thing, the most revolutionary change the church ever did, happened in the first century. The holy day, the Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday, not from any directions noted in scripture, but from the church’s sense of its own power. People who think that the scripture should be the “SOLE AUTHORITY” should logically keep Saturday (The Sabbath) Holy.” (Now that’s from The Saint Catherine’s Catholic Church Sentinel, May 21, 1995, parish paper, see photo below:)

He said that if you accept that the power of the church is above the Bible, then you should keep Sunday, but if you accept that the Bible is supreme, then should you keep Saturday…and logically keep the Sabbath Holy. I think that’s pretty good reasoning, don’t you? That certainly is good reasoning, because, if you take the Bible and the Bible only, and the issue is creation and the Sabbath as a symbol of creation, then logically one should follow that through and become a true seventh-day Sabbath keeper.

Does the Pope of Rome claim that he has the authority to change Yahweh’s law? Let’s see. Here is a quote from the heart of the Vatican itself in the Latin language, from Decrito de Translit Episcop Cap (and I am quoting from this catholic source):

“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispense with all things, even the precepts of Christ.”

So the catholic church teaches that Yahweh gave the authority to the Pope to change the law…and that is clearly stated.

A power has grown out of pagan Rome that would initiate worldwide worship, and as that power grew out of pagan Rome, it would have authority over the nations.

Revelation 13:18 says, “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.” What does that number 666 mean? Do you remember that Yahweh created the world in six days and rested on the seventh? In the book of Revelation, the beast is a symbol of a religious political power, and the number 666 is a symbol.

(NoteA fragment that was found, from Papyrus 115 (P115) of the earliest and oldest Revelation 13:18 we have today (see photo below), in the 66th vol. of the Oxyrhynchus series (P. Oxy. 4499) Has the number of the beast as χιϛ, 616. So is the Number 666 as the later manuscripts say, or is it 616 as the earliest and most oldest manuscripts say? The jury is out, let each person do their own research and prayer as it’s vitally crucial we have the correct number so we can accurately identify the man of Sin and false Beast power! So when identifying the number, keep both numbers in mind, 666 and 616, in case it’s 616 so we do not miss it.)

Throughout Revelation, the number seven represents perfection or completeness — you have the complete scope of Christian history mentioned in the seven churches of Revelation…..the seven seals of Revelation…..and Yahweh created the world in six days and rested the seventh. So seven is always a number of perfection. It represents obedience and Yahweh’s law. It represents Yahweh’s Truth and Yahweh’s Word. On the other hand six represents imperfection. It represents man’s way, a counterfeit system. The beast whose number contains 6 represents a false religious system with human authority for the authority of Yahshua, with man’s tradition for Yahweh’s Word, with a substitute law for the commands of Yahweh, with a counterfeit Sabbath for the true Sabbath.

Some believe that in the past, that Vicarius Filii Dei was an official title of the Pope, with some saying that this title appeared on the papal tiara and/or a mitre.  If that is true, then when we calculate this it equals 666 in Roman numerals.  Amazingly in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, it comes out the same “666” , and more amazingly is the teaching from some people that the Pope after having been called an
Anti-Messiah (“Anti-Christ”) by many religious leaders, then changed his title to: DVX CLERI.  But interestingly, this also equals “666”.  Makes you wonder why would the Pope change his title to something that also equals “666”. Maybe Yahweh won’t allow him to change it to anything else so we are able to identify the false beast system.  What’s also interesting is that when I was young at school I was taught how to calculate Roman numerals and often wondered why we are being taught that and that it would never come handy in real life.  So who would have thought that as I got older that would come handy to help me calculate the number of the beast.

Catholics deny the claims that “Vicarius Filii Dei” is written on the Papal Tiara by stating that a simple inspection of the more than 20 papal tiaras still in existence—including those in use in 1866 during the reign of Pope Pius IX when Uriah Smith made his claim, saying that  it shows that none have this inscription.   However they would of course hide it or deny it because the beast system does not want the world to be able to identify herself as the Beast.   There are two camps to this theory, one camp believe that Vicarius Filii Dei and Dux Cleri  were officials title of the Pope but has since been covered up.  And the other camp denies these two titles were ever an official title of any Pope.  So the jury is out.  You have to do your own prayer and due-diligence regarding this and conclude for yourself.  However consider the evidence below.

(Note: Vicarius Filii Dei and Dux Cleri are cited by the rector of Berlin, Andreas Helwig [or Helwich] (1572-1643) in his Antichristus Romanus, in proprio suo nomine, numerum illum Apocalypticum (DCLXVI) continente proditus, published in 1612 in Wittenberg. And Dux Cleri is cited by Walter Brute (or Britte), a fourteenth century follower of Wycliff, in his Registrum, page 356.  Also, Lucius Ferraris’ Prompta Bibliotheca, 1858 Paris edition, a Catholic theological encyclopedia, in which the title VICARIUS FILII DEI appears in volume 5, column 1828, under “PAPA” (Pope), “Article II.”  See a scan of this below:)

 

Above is part of column 1828 from volume 5 of Prompta Bibliotheca, 1858 Paris edition, where the title of Vicarius Filii Dei appears in #20 of article 2 of the entry “Papa” (Pope), which has been indicated with an arrow. This is a quote from the Donation of Constantine.  Prompta Bibliotheca, according to the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia, is “a veritable encyclopedia of religious knowledge” and is quoted frequently as an authoritative Catholic source.

Vicarius Filii Dei also appeared repeatedly in Catholic canon law for hundreds of years (Anselm’s, Cardinal Deusdedit’s, and Gratian’s Decretum also known as Concordia Discordantium Canonum), in quotes of the Donation of Constantine which contained the title and was considered authentic by the Church for many hundreds of years, having been cited by as many as 10 Popes as proof of their temporal authority. One 1879 edition of Corpus Juris Canonici containing VICARIUS FILII DEI is presented in the following:

In “Crossing The Threshold of Hope”, by Pope John Paul II: First Chapter: “The Pope”: A Scandal and a Mystery, page 3, you will find:

“The Pope is considered the man on earth who represents the Son of God, who “takes the place” of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity”.

If you directly translate “represents the Son of God” into Latin, the official language of the Church, you get “Vicarius Filii Dei”.

Below, Pope John XXII called Vicarius Filii DEI — 1669 & 1718. Source: Clavis Aurea Thesauri Partheno-Carmelitici, Sive Dissertatio Historico-Theologica … by R. P. Paulus (ab Omnibus Sanctis), Carmelita Excalceato Provinciae Germaniae Definitore, 1669, p. 234.

Photo above: ‘Webb City, Mo., Oct. 29, 1906.’ 

    The following extract is from a work entitled The Reformation,[*] bearing the date of 1832:—
” ‘ Mrs. A.,’ said Miss Emmons, ‘ I saw a very curious fact the other day; I have dwelt upon it much, and will mention it. A person, lately, was witnessing a ceremony of the Romish Church. As the pope passed him in procession, splendidly dressed in his pontifical robes, the gentleman’s eye rested on these full, blazing letters in front of his miter: “VICARIUS FILII DEI,” the Vicar of the Son of God. His thoughts, with the rapidity of lightning, reverted to Rev. 13:18.’ ‘Will you turn to it?’ said Mrs. A. Alice opened the New Testament and read: ‘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 threescore and six.’ She paused, and Miss Emmons said, ‘He took out his pencil, and marking the numerical letters of the inscription on his tablet, it stood 666.’ ”
Here we have indeed the number of a man, even the man of sin; and it is a little singular, perhaps providential, that he should select a title which shows the blasphemous character of the beast, and then cause it to be inscribed upon his miter, as if to brand himself with the number 666.

So there definitely seems to be  evidence to show conclusively that VICARIUS FILII DEI is not a fraud or made up, and that it was indeed used by the Catholic Church for well over 600 years.

So after viewing these credible sources that Vicarius Filii Dei is a legitimate title for the Pope and that it adds up to 666, we need to consider that the Pope and His false system is actually the BEAST power that the Scripture warns against!

Now, we know that there’s a symbolic mark, not a literal mark, on the forehead. It’s accepting Yahweh as Creator and accepting His Torah, including obedience to the Shabbat Commandment. It’s important to have understanding of the basis of the controversy between true and false worship, and who we will honour, obey and show allegiance to.

Millions of people today honour, obey and show allegiance to the Pope and other false gods and religions instead of only showing honour, obedience and allegiance to Yahweh.  One way to show honour, obedience and allegiance to the true Creator is to obey His Feasts, Law, Torah, Commandments and in particular the Shabbat, which is a sign or mark of the Father, as mentioned earlier, if you look at Ezekiel 20:12 in the Hebrew Strong’s, you will find the Hebrew Strong’s #226 “owth” which can mean sign, but can also mean MARK.  And those who reject the Shabbat are the ones who receive the opposite to the Mark of Yahweh, they receive the Mark of the Beast.

Read Revelation Chapter 14:9-11, then read 14:12, and you will find that the first 3 verses refer to the people that receive the Mark of the Beast, then next verse 14:12, refers to the Saints who don’t receive the Mark of the Beast because they keep the Father’s Commandments.  14:12 clearly states that the Saints who won’t receive the Mark of the Beast are the Saints who walk in faith with Yahshua and keep the Commandments.

Most of the world, including non-catholic members, whether they realise it or not, are following the Beast system in one way shape or form.  It has to do with the sign of the Papal authority and with the issue of worship.

The Commandments of Yahweh do make a difference. Worship does make a difference.  And most of the world do not obey His Commandments and do not worship Father Yahweh in all truth!

“Yahweh is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:24

I encourage you today, accept true worship, and flee from false worship!

Every one of us one need to make a choice, obey Yahweh alone, or obey a mixture of Yahweh’s truth plus error, or  follow error and false systems of religion and worship.  Which will you choose?

The false system of religion and false worship, the Papacy, based in Vatican city, also known to people as the Catholic Church, run by the Pope, has infiltrated every part of the Earth in some way.  Many people who even speak against this system and Pope are unknowingly still showing allegiance to it by their lifestyle choices, by their obedience to certain customs and traditions, and through their worship services.  The only answer and solution is to renounce all lies, all errors and come to Scripture truth and Torah, and start only obeying Father Yahweh and only partake in His feasts, Commandments and keeping the true Shabbat day holy, and renounce all false and worldly customs and traditions that do not have an origin in Scripture, and renounce all worship of false sun gods and other false gods.

Shalom,

Yeremyah