The Strange Mystery of the “Mark” of the Beast!

 

                                    In the book of Revelation, the apostle John speaks

                                    of a peculiar “mark” which will be inscribed on people

                                    by the governing authorities, and the terrible fate of

                                    those who possess that “mark.”  What is this strange

                                    mark”?  How can you be certain that you will not possess

                                    it and suffer the horrible fate of those who do?

 

                                                            William F. Dankenbring

 

                        “Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns

                        like a lamb, and spoke like a dragon.  And he exercises all the authority of the                              

                        first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to                                  

                        worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. . . He causes all,

                        both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a MARK on their                            

                        right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who                         

                        has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  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” (Rev.13:11-12, 16-18, NKJV).

 

            The Greek word translated “mark” in the expression “mark of the beast,” used throughout the book of Revelation, is charagma and means “a scratch or etching, i.e. stamp (as a badge of servitude), or sculptured figure (statue)” – graven, mark” (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, number #5480).  Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament defines this word as follows:  “to engrave; a. a stamp, an imprinted mark:  of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the badge of the followers of Antichrist, Rev.13:16; 14:9, 11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4) . . . b. thing carved, sculpture, graven work:  of idolatrous images, Acts 17:29.”

 

            What is this strange-sounding prophecy all about?  One thing is for certain – possession of this “mark” will no doubt be looked upon by the masses of people as a GOOD thing, when it is announced, for no one will be able to buy or sell without it!  Yet, God says plainly, it is really the “badge of DEATH”!

 

            Possession of this “mark” will certify one as a “member” of the religious and political system of the great Worldwide Empire which will rule all nations in the very “time of the end” – the fast-rising “Babylon the Great,” as the Scriptures call it (Revelation 17-18).  Modern world leaders refer to it as the “New World Order,” and claim it will be a wonderful new world system of enlightenment and religious freedom and UNITY!  But beware – the truth is not so sanguine or innocent! 

 

                What is this strange “mark,” then?  What is it that we need to beware of?  Is it already beginning to be developed?

 

It’s All About “Control”

 

            In all totalitarian countries in the past, such as Stalinist Russia, or Hitler’s Nazi Germany, the citizens were compelled to carry identification papers on their person at all times.  They had to be ready to present their identity documents to the proper authorities at any time.  Such papers were often checked at borders, train stations, bus depots, when doing banking, airports, at road blocks, and various check points.  The words, “Show me your papers,” would send an ominous chill up the spine of the enslaved people.

 

            This was, however, a rather cumbersome procedure, and papers could easily be forged by a good engraver or printer.  But today we live in the age of incredible advances in computer technology.  Today, the United States and the western world are very close to achieving and implementing a NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD – a computerized “smart card” that can carry hundreds of pages of data on each citizen!

 

            Implementation of such a card will give the Government, Big TOTAL CONTROL over the lives of individual citizens.  You would not be able to buy or sell or conduct any business, without your own “ID chip”! 

 

Digital Angel

 

            On December 15, 1999, Applied Digital Solutions, Inc., announced that it had acquired patent rights to a miniature digital transceiver, which it has named “Digital Angel,” which is a registered trademark. It received the patent rights on December 10. It is a miniature digital transceiver specifically designed for human implantation. The implantable transceiver sends and receives data and can be continuously tracked by GPS or Global Positioning Satellite technology. 

 

            This means that humans can NOW be implanted and tracked by satellite for location, and even their vital signs can be monitored from afar!  The transceiver’s power supply and actuation system are unlike anything ever created.   When implanted within the human body, the device is powered electromechanically through the movement of the body’s own muscles.  It can be activated either by the “wearer,” or by the monitoring facility. 

 

            ADS foresees a unique use for its product in the wake of 9-11, under the new name VeriChip, after the terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C., and New York City.  It is being studied as a means of tracking terrorists.  Says a company spokesman, “We’ve changed our thinking since September 11.  Now there’s more of a need to monitor evil activities.”

 

            Of course, what is considered “evil” is in the mind of the beholder!

 

            Other uses of the technology, according to Applied Digital Angel, Inc., is to provide a tamper-proof means of personal identification, enhanced e-business security, animal tracking, locating lost or missing individuals, tracking the location of valuable property, and monitoring the medical condition of patients.

 

            However, people who wear such a device will be on an “electronic leash,” and their own personal privacy will be no more.   Their whereabouts will be relatively easy to track by authorities at any time.    This may seem like a good thing, for those worried about being abducted, kidnapped, or “lost” somewhere.  But there is an ominous side to the story as well.  By feeling more “secure,” one virtually has to give up their right to privacy.  Is that what we really want?

 

Latest Developments

 

            Forget about mobile phones as the hottest new media technology.  The world’s new craze will be using microchip implants to communicate with others and to transact business!

 

            In April 2004, Barcelona’s Baja Beach Club began microchipping its VIP nightclub members using a chip implant produced by VeriChip Corporation.

 

            In Great Britain, two scientists have already microchipped themselves with imbedded chips under their skin which allows them to send emails just by thinking!

 

            Also in Britain, the London Times  reported, “Film stars and the children of millionaires are among 45 people, including several Britons, who have been fitted with the chips (called the Sky Eye) in secret tests.”

 

            The propaganda campaign to secure acceptance of the implantable chip by the public appears to be working, after getting off to a slow start.  The events of 9-11 made a big difference.  A July 2004 MSN poll showed that 20% of people would be happy to take an implantable  microchip!

 

            Over the years, governments have been ‘chipping away’ at people’s natural revulsion against having a foreign object implanted under their skin.  They introduced the chip for pets, to help keep them from becoming lost.  And chips have been hyped as a means to prevent child abductions.  In Mexico, government workers have been forced to take the implanted chip or lose their job.  The staff of Mexico’s attorney general had to take the chip in order to gain access to secure areas.

 

            Conrad Chase, the owner of the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, was told by the VeriChip CEO that there is a plan to use the VeriChip as an implantable global identity system.

 

            In April 2005, Chief of Police Jack Schmidig of Bergen County, Florida, a member of the police force for over thirty years, received a VeriChip implant as part of Applied Digital Solution’s strategy for getting key regional leaders to accelerate the adoption of its product.

 

            Said Kevin H. McLaughlin, the CEO of VeriChip, “High-profile regional leaders are accepting the VeriChip, representing an excellent example of our approach to gaining adoption of the technology.”  This new aggressive marketing and indoctrination program, “is intended to create widespread acceptance and exponential adaptation of the company’s FDA-cleared, human-implantable RFID tag” (April 24, 2005, NewsWithViews.com, Thomas Horn).

 

            With all the propaganda, hype, and news of terrorist abductions, we may well reach the place where almost everyone will wanted to be “chipped”! 

 

            It is interesting to note that IBM, the company behind the VeriChip, the major retailer of implantable chips, was also the company that ran the cataloguing system of the Nazis to store information on Jews in Hitler’s anti-Semitic Germany. 

 

The Prying Eyes of “Big Brother”

 

            Simple fish-eye lenses on newer televisions have the potential to watch us as we go about our business in our homes.  The Center for Digital Democracy warned in a 2001 report – “TV That Watches You:  The prying Eyes of Interactive Television” – that this technology can be used to invade privacy.  Stated the report, “A key concern for privacy is that each set-top has a unique identifier built into it that allows for the service provider to identify the household or location of that box.”  It went on to state that users would have little or no ability to control or protect their own privacy.  “The systems are proprietary, making it difficult, if not impossible, even for advanced users to identify what the system is doing.”

 

            Increasing by leaps and bounds, we are all living under the microscope of growing surveillance technology – from cameras at intersections monitoring traffic and identifying those who run red lights, to widespread use of cameras in department stores and banks and government buildings to monitor the public, prevent theft, identify criminal behavior, and record the actions of people, customers, and

 

            Whereas many people, today, seem to focus on the "mark of the Beast" as being some kind of physical or electronic device implanted under the skin, however, there is another very real "mark of the beast" which could be the fulfillment of this prophecy of Scripture.  Notice!

 

                                                            The Mark of Cain

 

            When Cain was banished from the sight of God, to the land of Nod, or wandering and unrest, God placed a mark upon him so that all would know who he was, and would not destroy him lest they suffer seven-fold vengeance.  Cain had rebelled against God, and murdered his own brother, Abel.  Cain became the original founder of this world’s system of competition, rivalry, cunning and deceitful merchandising practices, and wickedness – Babylon.

 

            The Hebrew word for mark is simply owth and means “a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence – mark, miracle, ensign, token.”  It was something that identified Cain, and set him apart from other men.  It marked him as not being one of God’s own people, but an outcast, a renegade, a man who had been banished from the society of God's people.  This mark came to stand as an ensign or emblem for Cain and his way. 

 

            What was this mark?  Alexander Hislop in The Two Babylons tells us of an ancient pagan emblem that has characterized this world’s religious system long before the time of Christ, since time immemorial.  It became the “sign”or “mark” of the Roman Catholic Church, and all her Protestant “daughters.”  We read: 

 

                                “There is yet one more symbol of the Romish worship to be noticed, and that is the

                        sign of the CROSS.  In the Papal system, as is well known, the sign of the cross and

                        the image of the cross are all in all.  No prayer can be said, no worship engaged in, no

                        step almost can be taken, without the frequent use of the sign of the cross.  The cross

                        was looked upon as the GRAND CHARM [remember Cain?  The "mark" was

                        his symbol of divine protection!  No wonder its use would become commonplace

                        among his followers!], as the GREAT REFUGE IN EVERY SEASON OF DANGER,

                        in every hour of temptation as the INFALLIBLE PRESERVATIVE from all the

                        powers of darkness.  The cross is adored with all the homage due only to the Most

                        High; and for any one to call it, in the hearing of a genuine Romanist, by the Scriptural

                        term, ‘the accursed tree’ is a MORTAL OFFENCE. To say that such superstitious

                        feeling for the sign of the cross, such worship as Rome pays to a wooden or a metal

                        cross, ever grew out of the saying of Paul, ‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the

                        cross of our Lord Jesus Christ’ – that is, in the doctrine of Christ crucified -- is a mere

                        absurdity, a shallow subterfuge and pretense.  The magic virtue attributed to the so-

                        called sign of the cross, the worship bestowed on it, never came from such a source. 

                        The SAME SIGN OF THE CROSS THAT ROME NOW WORSHIPS WAS USED

                        IN THE BABYLONIAN MYSTERIES, was applied by Paganism to the same

                        magic purposes, was honoured with the same honours. That which is now called the

                        Christian cross was ORIGINALLY NO CHRISTIAN EMBLEM AT ALL, BUT

                        WAS THE MYSTIC TAU OF THE CHALDEANS AND EGYPTIANS – the true

                        original form of the letter T – the initial of the name of Tammuz – which, in Hebrew,

                        radically the same as ancient Chaldee . . . . That mystic Tau was MARKED IN

                        BAPTISM ON THE FOREHEADS OF THOSE INITIATED IN THE MYSTERIES,

                        and was used in every variety of way as a most sacred symbol.  To identify Tammuz

                        with the son it was joined, sometimes to the circle of the sun. . .” (The Two Babylons, 

                        p.197-198).

 

            Hislop continues: 

 

                                “. . . there seems no reason to doubt that the Maltese cross is an express symbol

                        of the SUN; for Layard found it as a sacred symbol in Nineveh in such a connection

                        as led him to identify it with the sun.  The mystic Tau, as the symbol of the great

                        divinity, was called 'the  sign of life;' it was used as an AMULET OVER THE

                        HEART; it was marked on the official garments of the priests of Rome; it was

                        borne by kings in their hand, as a token of their dignity or divinely-conferred

                        authority” (ibid.,  p.198).

 

            The Vestal virgins of Pagan Rome used it suspended from their necklaces, even as Catholic nuns do now.  The ancient Egyptians did the same, as Egyptian monuments show.   Says Wilkinson in his work on the Egyptians, “it was already in use as early as the fifteenth century before the Christian era” (vol.1, p. 376).

 

            Alexander Hislop goes on: 

 

                                “There is hardly a Pagan tribe where the cross has not been found.  The cross was

                        worshipped by the Pagan Celts, long before the incarnation and death of Christ. . . .

                                It was worshipped in Mexico for ages before the Roman Catholic missionaries set

                        foot there, large stone crosses being erected, probably to the ‘god of rain.’  The cross

                        thus widely worshipped, or regarded as a sacred emblem, was the unequivocal symbol

                        of Bacchus, the Babylonian Messiah, for he was represented with a head-band

                        covered with crosses.  This symbol of the Babylonian god is reverenced at this day in

                        all the wild wastes of Tartary, where Buddhism prevails, and the way in which it

                        is represented among them forms a striking commentary on the language applied by

                        Rome to the Cross” (p.199).

 

            How did the cross get into the Church as an object of religious worship?  Alexander Hislop gives the answer.  He explains,

 

                                “Now this Pagan symbol seems first to have crept into the Christian Church in

                        EGYPT, and generally into Africa.  A statement of Tertullian, about the middle

                        of the third century, shows how much, by that time, the Church of Carthage was

                        infected with the old leaven.  Egypt, especially, which was never thoroughly

                        evangelized, appears to have taken the lead in bringing in this Pagan symbol

                        (p.201).

 

            Says Ralph Woodrow,  in his original book Babylon Mystery Religion,  “It was not until Christianity began to be paganized that the cross came to be thought of as a Christian symbol.  It was in 431 A.D. that crosses in churches and chambers were introduced, while the use of crosses on steeples did not come until about 586 A.D.  In the sixth century, the crucifix image was introduced and its worship sanctioned by the church of Rome.  It was not until the second council at Ephesus that private homes were required to possess a cross” (p.50).

 

            Woodrow points out that long before Christ, the cross was a widely used religious symbol  not only in Babylon and Egypt, but also in China, where it was used on pagodas, in northern and southern India, among both Buddhists and Hindus, in Ethiopia, and in Mexico, among the Aztecs.  The ancient Mexicans worshipped the cross as “Tota,” or “Our Father.”  But the Word of God condemns calling a stock of wood “My father” (see Jer.2:27).

 

            The “cross” is the number one symbol of the so-called religion of "Christianity"!  It is the major symbol of the Roman Catholic Church.  Under its sign, more blood has been shed than under any other religious symbol in history – both Jewish blood, Muslim blood, and even "Christian" blood, as Protestants fought Catholics in the religious wars for the control of nations, during the Middle Ages. 

 

            The cross, then, is a mark of identity of this world’s paganized and corrupted form of degenerate “Christianity” that was subverted by the pagans – the Christianity which forsook God, His commandments, and the true teachings of Christ.  Other identifying marks of this world’s paganized Christianity are its chief days of worship – Sunday in stead of God’s Sabbath, Christmas, the birthday of the sun god, and Easter – the celebration of the ancient goddess of fertility and spring, whose name was pronounced “Easter” by the Germanic people, and Ishtar by the Egyptians.   Read our insightful articles on “The Incredible Pagan Origin of Christmas” and “The  Surprising Origin of Easter.” 

 

            Also, write for our article, “Was Jesus Christ Crucified on a ‘Cross’?”  The truth is, He was NOT!  Rather, He was put to death on a “stake” – stauros in the Greek language!  So the “cross” is definitely a PAGAN substitute – a pagan IDOL – an a pagan instrument of DEATH!  No true Christian should have anything to do with it!

 

                                                The SIGN or MARK of God’s People

 

            In the book of Exodus, we read that when God instituted the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread for His people, He declared:  “It shall be a SIGN to you on your hand and as a MEMORIAL between your eyes, that the LORD's law may be in your mouth” (Exo.13:9).  Again, the Hebrew word here is the same word used regarding the mark or sign God placed upon Cain.  It is the word owth.

 

            In other words, the sign or mark of God’s true people is observance of God’s annual Festivals, particularly Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread!  That is to say, the mark of God’s true assembly, His Church, His people, is observance of God’s own Biblical HOLY days!  So says the Word of  God! 

 

            The forehead, in Jewish thought, refers to the MIND.  The right hand refers to activities, actions, labor, and work.  Thus God’s Holy Days are to remain in our minds, and our thoughts – part of our belief structure.  We believe with our minds.  The right hand speaks of our works – we are commanded to celebrate the days of unleavened bread, to desist from work on the annual Holy Days, and to eat “unleavened bread” for seven days.  Thus we are commanded to OBSERVE these days both in our minds, and in our activities and works -- actions.

 

            Notice also!  God says regarding His weekly Sabbath day, that it, too, is a SIGN or MARK of His people, those who truly worship Him!  God says, “Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a SIGN between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD [Yahveh] who sanctifies you” -- that is, sets you apart (Exodus 31:13).  Here again, the Hebrew word for “sign” is owth!

 

            God goes on, “Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.  It is a SIGN between Me and the children of Israel forever . . .” (Exodus 31:16-17, NKJV).

 

            Therefore, we are also to keep the weekly Sabbaths in our minds, and thoughts, and observe them – and we are to refrain from any work or labor on them!  The mark of God’s true people is true SABBATH observance!  Write for our new booklet, “A New Look at God’s Holy Sabbath!”

 

            True Christians are the “Israel of God” (Gal.6:16).  The apostle Paul writes, “And if you are Christ’s, then you are ABRAHAM’s SEED, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal.3:29). 

 

            What promise? 

 

            The promise made to Abraham and his descendants!  As true followers of the Messiah, we become true spiritual Israelites!  We embrace God’s laws, which set us apart from the world.  We observe His “sign” – His “mark” – the SABBATH, and annual Holy Days!

 

            Since the mark or brand upon God’s people is the observance of HIS true calendar, Sabbath day, and true Holy Days, then it follows that the mark or brand of Satan the devil upon his people, worshippers and followers is the DIAMETRIC OPPOSITE – that is, following and accepting his counterfeit calendar, and his counterfeit ‘sabbath’ – the pagan day of the Sun, that is, Sunday, and his counterfeit holy days, Christmas and Easter!

 

            The “mark of the Beast” then is the worship of God according to the dictates, dogmas, and teachings of the great apostate global Church – the growing Church endorsed by the New World Order – the modern CHURCH UNITY under the control of the Vatican at Rome!

 

            Thus there is a clear cut issue which divides God’s true people from those who disobey Him, and follow the way of Cain – the way of rebellion – the “way of the cross.”  The sign of the world’s pagan religion is the cross, Sunday worship, Easter, and Christmas and the whole religious tableau of the Roman Catholic Church, including Mary worship, and the Protestant churches which are reconciling with Rome, and which derive their basic religious practices and beliefs from Rome.

 

                                                     One World Pagan Religion

 

            At the present time, Rome is regathering her scattered flock around the world, and bringing about ONE WORLD RELIGION, all under the banner of Rome.  The Protestant churches are flocking to her side.  Even Billy Graham, James Dobson, and many other evangelical  leaders are today embracing Mother Rome and the Pope!

 

            The “second Beast” of Revelation 13 which looks like a lamb (Christ), but speaks like a dragon (Satan the devil), is non other than this world’s fast-rising Ecumenical Religion under the sway and guidance of the Pope of Rome – MODERN religious “Babylon” (Rev.13:11).  This authority will enforce and carry out the authority of the first beast – the “Antichrist” – the tyrant and leader of the New World Order, probably a future Secretary-General of the United Nations! 

 

            Thus those who sign on with the new ecumenical movement, and go back to the leadership of Rome, will find themselves embracing the religious side of the “mark of the Beast”! 

 

                                                The “Mark” -- Symbolic or Literal?

 

            Is the mark of the Beast, then, literal -- a physical electronic device?  Or is it figurative or symbolic –- a spiritual mark, such as a method of religious worship and practice?

 

            The book of Revelation itself suggests strongly that the “mark” is figurative or symbolic.  Much of this book is written in symbolic language.  Even the “beasts” of Revelation 13 are not literal animals, but figurative descriptions of a secular world power (Rev.13:1-5), and a religious world authority (Rev.13:11). 

 

            Likewise, in the book of Revelation, the four horses of the apocalypse – described as a white, red, black and pale horse (Rev.6:1-8) – represent future plagues that will strike the earth.  They are not literal.  In chapter 1, seven stars are mentioned, and a candlestick with seven candles (Rev.1:12-16).  These are not literal, but represent seven angels, and seven churches (verse 20).

 

            Therefore, it is very likely also that the mark of the Beast is not only a literal “mark” of some kind, but is primarily symbolic, or figurative.  Just as God’s mark on HIS people is the Sabbath and annual Holy Days, so the diametric opposite of His mark would be Satan's mark on HIS people   the false doctrines of the paganized world church – such as the Trinity doctrine, infant baptism, worship of images, Sunday observance, and Christmas and Easter celebration, which are nowhere commanded or taught in the pages of the Word of God!

 

                                      Another "Sign" -- God's LAW Versus No Law!

 

            There is another “sign” God says which reveals who His people are.  We read in Deuteronomy 6:  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD [Yahveh] our God, the LORD [Yahveh] is one!  You shall love the LORD [Yahveh] your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. . . You shall bind them as a SIGN on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (Deut.6:4-8).  Here again the word owth is used.

 

            Orthodox Jewish people take this command in a literal sense, and go even further, making little boxes containing portions of Scripture, called phylacteries, and wear them strapped to their right wrists and foreheads, especially when praying.  But this commandment was not referring to wearing philactories.  Rather, notice carefully!   God said that His words – His entire entire LAW, the TORAH – not just a few verses in a box – are to be “AS a sign” (OWTH) on our hand, and “AS” frontlets between our eyes!  The word “as” means “like,” “similar to,” or “in the character of.”  The commandment clearly does not mention any little black boxes, or their containing portions of Scriptures.  This idea is one of the “traditions” of the Jews which Christ Himself condemned as worthless substitutes for the Laws of God – mere commandments of men (see Matt.15; Mark 7).

 

            But notice!  God’s ENTIRE LAW – His entire TEACHING – is to be AS a “sign” or “mark” – the “hallmark,” if you please – governing lives!  It is to be our guide in what our “hand” does, in work and activity, and what our MIND does – thinks about, and believes, and practices!

 

            Thus in the full sense, God’s true “sign” identifying His people is HIS ENTIRE TORAH – His LAW, that is, ALL His commandments and HIS WAY OF LIFE!   By rejecting that “sign,” and embracing the rebellious “mark of the beast,” which does away with God’s commandments, His Law, His Torah, the world’s apostate Christianity dooms itself to the wrath and fury of God Himself! 

 

            Notice carefully.  Jesus Christ declared, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4) – the WORD of  GOD!  He also declared, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill [that is, obey, observe, complete, fill up to the brim].  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.  Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these my commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt.5:17-19, NKJV).

 

            Therefore, in contra-distiction to GOD’s sign, the “mark” of HIS people, the New World Order will possess the DEVIL’s own, substitute “sign” or “mark” – the stigma of his own substitute Christianity, unified together under the Papacy of Rome!

 

            Thus the true “mark of the beast” referred to in Revelation 13 is not just some “identity chip” in your hand – it is Satan’s WHOLE SYSTEM OF FALSE, COUNTERFEIT WORSHIP, with all its practices, pagan beliefs, masses, indulgences, and false teachings! 

 

                                           The Mark and Number of the Beast

 

            Interestingly, there are as mathematicians know, certain squares or grids of numbers which exhibit a strange oddity.  In a square of three boxes across and three down (like in tic-tac-toe), if the numbers 1-9 are arranged a certain way, each column across will add up to 15, each column down will add up to 15, and so will the two diagonal columns.

 

            What is more interesting is that in a “magic square” of six boxes across, and six boxes down, with the numbers 1-36 inserted, if the numbers are placed in s particular order, then each horizontal line of boxes will add up to 111, and so will each of the vertical columns – and so will the diagonal columns!  Since there are 6 rows across, the total of the horizontal boxes will add up to 666 – the “number of the beast”!  So will the six vertical columns.  Also, if you add up the total value of the numbers in the square, 1-36, you come up with a total of 666!

           

            To occult practitioners and those involved in astrology and witchcraft, the sums of the numbers in the rows and columns of a “magic square” are very significant.  The total value of all the numbers of the square is also considered important.

 

            According to makers of magic charms, amulets, and talismans, a different magic square is used to represent each of the seven days of the week, and the seven inner “planets,” including the sun and moon.  Monday’s magic square is a 9 x 9 grid, representing the moon.  Tuesday’s magic square is a 5 x 5 grid, representing Mars (god of war); Wednesday’s is an 8 x 8 grid, representing Mercury (messenger of the gods); Thursday’s is a 4 x 4 grid, symbolizing Jupiter (Zeus, king of the gods, also Thor, god of thunder); Friday’s grid is a 7 x 7 grid, symbolizing Venus; Saturday’s grid is 3 x 3, representing Saturn (“the hidden one”); and Sundays magic square is a figure 6 x 6, representing the SUN, or SUNDAY.

 

            Notice!  Sunday’s magic square is the 6 x 6 square which adds up to “666” – the number of the BEAST of Revelation!  Thus the “number of the beast” is directly tied up with SUNDAY – THE DAY OF BAAL, or MITHRA, the pagan SUN GOD!

 

            Says Man, Myth and Magic: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown about this 6 x 6 magic square figure:

 

                        “The square of the sun has 6 rows of 6 figures, each row adding to 111, and

                        the total of all the numbers used in the square is 666, the celebrated ‘number

                        of the Beast.’  The deduction which can be drawn from this is that the Beast

                        of Revelation is an aspect of the sun or life-force, the fierce drive that impels

                        living creatures to survive or procreate” (page 1691).

 

            Thus both the number of the Beast, and the mark of the Beast, both point in a very strong manner to PAGAN WORSHIP!  Sunday was the day of worship of the ancient pagan societies.  Baal worship, and all its forms, celebrated Sunday, the day of the sun.  Mithraism, also, worshipped the sun as a solar divinity, and celebrated its birthday on the winter solstice, which was December 25, at that time!   Christmas day worship, then, is tied in directly with SUN WORSHIP!

 

                                    How Pagan Sunday Worship Entered the Church 

 

            Emperor Constantine of Rome, who chaired the Nicean Council in 325 A.D., was a sun worshipper, who allegedly converted to Christianity – but instituted SUNDAY worship throughout the Roman Empire, and forbad all Christians to keep the Sabbath, and so-called Jewish customs, holy days, and the “Jewish” Sabbath!

 

            Hugh Smith in History of the Christian Church wrote:

 

                        “The first Christian Church established at Jerusalem by apostolic

                        authority became in its doctrine and practice a model for the greater

                        part of those founded in the first century. . . . These Judaizing

                        Christians were first known by the outside world as ‘Nazarenes.’ . . .

                        ALL CHRISTIANS AGREED IN CELEBRATING THE SEVENTH

                        DAY OF THE WEEK in conformity to the Jewish converts” (p.50,

                        51, 69).

 

                According to Giesler, in Church History, Apostolic Age to A.D. 70, the early church in Judea observed all the Biblical, “Jewish” holy days.  We read:

                       

                        “While the Jewish Christians of Palestine, who kept the whole Jewish

                        law, celebrated of course ALL THE JEWISH FESTIVALS . . .” (Sect.29). 

 

                For hundreds of years, the true Church faithfully observed the seventh-day Sabbath.  It was not until Emperor Constantine, who ruled the Roman Empire from 306 to 337 A.D., that a concerted effort was made to enforce Sunday observance in the Roman Empire among Christians, and that all Sabbath observance was condemned, by an apostate church council held at the behest of the Emperor, who sought to unify the church as to doctrine, and who hated the Jews and all Jewish customs and observances.

 

            The first Sunday-law prohibiting work on Sunday was enacted by emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire in 321 A.D.  Breaking the Sunday worship law was punishable by imprisonment, banishment, or even death!  On the 7th of March, Crispus and Constantine issued a most unusual edict, which stated:

 

                        “On the venerable day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing

                        in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed.  In the country, however,

                        persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their

                        pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not suitable for grain

                        sowing or for vine planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such

                        operations the bounty of heaven should be lost” (Codex Justinianus, lib.3,

                        tit.12, 3, transl. in History of the Christian Church, Schaff, vol.3, p.380).

 

                The Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, calls this "the earliest recognition of the observance of Sunday as a legal duty."  Says Webster in Rest Days,

 

                        “This legislation by Constantine probably bore no relation to Christianity;

                        it appears, on the contrary, that the emperor, in his capacity of Pontifex

                        Maximus (a title the popes took from the emperors), was only adding the

                        day of the Sun, the WORSHIP OF WHICH WAS THEN FIRMLY

                        ESTABLISHED IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE, to the other ferial days of

                        the sacred calendar” (pp.122-123).

 

                The force of the Roman Empire was used to confiscate the property of all who obeyed God's Passover command after the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.  Later, at the Council of Laodicea, in 365 A.D., the “Sabbath Question” was settled in the minds of the Catholic Church, once and for all.  The twenty ninth canon of this Council reads:

 

                        “CHRISTIANS MUST NOT JUDAIZE BY RESTING ON THE SABBATH,

                        BUT MUST WORK ON THAT DAY, rather, honouring the Lord’s Day  [by

                        which they meant Sunday!]; and, if they can, resting then as Christians.  But

                        if any be found to be Judaizers  [that is, IF ANY OBEY GOD'S SABBATH!],

                        let them be anathema from Christ!” (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, vol.19,

                        p.148).

 

            Writes H. G. Wells of this radical transformation occurring in the Church:

 

                        “He [Jesus] did not say a word about the worship of his mother Mary in

                        the guise of Isis, the Queen of Heaven.  Much that is most characteristically

                        Christian [sic] in worship and usage, he ignored.  Skeptical writers have had

                        the temerity to deny that Jesus can be called a CHRISTIAN AT ALL”

                        (Outline of History, p.445).

 

                And so the whole professing Christian world became trapped – taken over by a hideous pagan world, which adopted the “name” of Christ, but retained its own pagan holidays, practices, and customs.  This paganism is the REAL “mark of the beast” of Revelation, which the apostle John warns us about!

 

            What about you?  Have you been deceived?  Have you swallowed the “mark of the beast,” lock, stock, and barrel?  Are you a victim of APOSTATE Christianity, and do you embrace the modern Church ecumenism – the religion of the New World Order?