From a reader: Hi, my name is Charles Brown. I believe too, that we are in the end times and my question is: Do you think that the social security number is or the fore runner for the mark of the beast? I personally believe that it is and because of my belief I went in to court and rescinded the number and the account. I have found out first hand that it is almost impossible to do anything without that number, which makes me believe even more that it is, that is to say, you cannot buy anything of value without it, you cannot work without it, you cannot get your utilities turned on without it, you can get in a hospital without it and if they put 666 in front of the SS# they have effectively and very cleverly deceived the élite. Would you not say. Your Christian friend, Charles.
This site is a Bible History site dedicated to events and people that occur on the Amazing Bible Timeline Chart. We do not attempt to answer questions on doctrine or future prophesying. But we do present historical information as well as the different interpretations available so that readers can make informed decisions. With that in mind here is information on the mark of the beast. Here are verses in Revelation referring to the mark of the beast. 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. Revelation 13:17 KJV And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:11 KJV And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. Revelation 15:2 KJV From BibleStudyTools.com Greek word translated as “mark” Charagma (transliterated)
- a stamp, an imprinted mark
- of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of the Antichrist
- the mark branded upon horses
- thing carved, sculpture, graven work
- of idolatrous images
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Bible commentaries on the mark of the beast (prior to social security numbers) A variety of interpretations say it is a symbol of allegiance, it refers to an actual person (for example Nero), it refers to a type of organization (man-made governments), it refers to the Catholic Church and papacy, it refers to a year (Ba’Hai faith), it has already occurred, it is yet to occur. Some early writers believe it refers to the papacy and holy orders. Very interesting to read. For example here and here, On the other hand, others simply give us an idea of what it symbolizes and it’s spiritual significance. 16. to receive a mark–literally, “that they should give them a mark”; such a brand as masters stamp on their slaves and monarchs on their subjects. Soldiers voluntarily punctured their arms with marks of the general under whom they served. Votaries of idols branded themselves with the idol’s cipher or symbol. Thus Antiochus Epiphanes branded the Jews with the ivy leaf, the symbol of Bacchus (2 Maccabees 6:7; 3 Maccabees 2:29). Contrast God’s seal and name in the foreheads of His servants, Revelation 7:3, 14:1, 22:4; and Galatians 6:17, “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus,” that is, I am His soldier and servant. The mark in the right hand and forehead implies the prostration of bodily and intellectual powers to the beast’s domination. “In the forehead by way of profession; in the hand with respect to work and service” [AUGUSTINE]. From Jamison, Fausset, Brown Critical Commentary It refers to a name that can be rendered as a number as was common in New Testament times. Here’s a multipage article on how that was done and the names suggested in the past that it might have been. For example a few Caesars and, of course, the papacy. Perhaps we should let the Catholics respond. Here is an excellent and complete response that says the beast (Nero) has come and gone, and that we are living in the golden age of Christianity. Compared to past ages, this is true. More recently people refer to the Social Security Number as the mark of the beast as it has all of the signs. More on the beast can be found in Wikipedia’s almost exhaustive collection of beliefs about the beast and the mark including the belief of preterists that it refers to the Roman coins which bore the imprint of Caesar and Roman Gods, the Seventh Day Adventist belief that it refers to a (future) enforcement of Sunday worship, the Jehovah Witnesses belief that it refers to any unified human-made government and more. Perhaps you will agree with this much of John Darby’s statement: As regards the number of the beast, I have no doubt that it will be very simple to the godly, when the beast is there, and the time of spiritually judging it comes, and that name will practically guide those who have to do with him. Till then, the speculations of men are not of much value; John Darby’s Synopsis of the New Testament This is why we stay focused on events that can be noted on our Biblical History Timeline.
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