Mark of the Beast
It was given to him to give breath to it, to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as wouldn’t worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
He causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to be given marks on their right hands, or on their foreheads; and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
With him they crucified two robbers; one on his ss=”yoast-text-mark”>ss=”yoast-text-mark”>le=”color: #ff9900;”>right hand, and one on his left.
Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred sixty-six.
The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “He was ass=”yoast-text-mark”>ass=”yoast-text-mark”>yle=”color: #ff9900;”>counted with transgressors.”
I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and &lt;span style=”color: #ff9900;”>with him a number, one hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads. I heard a sound from heaven, like the sound of many waters, and like the sound of a great thunder. The sound which I heard was like that of harpists playing on their harps.
Those who passed by&lt;/strong> blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!”
They sing a new song&lt;/strong> before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders.
Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said,
No one could learn the song except the one hundred forty-four thousand, those who had been redeemed out of the earth. These are those who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins.
“He saved others&lt;/strong>. He can’t save himself.
Let the Christ, the <strong>King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.”
666 + Crucifixion
666 + Crucifixion
We explored the number of the beast of Revelation 13:18 (666) in parallel with the crucifixion in Mark 15:28. I’d like to share the rest of this scene, and more examples.
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The design begins with two potential kings, and the idea of worship – of the beast on the left, or Jesus on the right. Those who refuse to worship the beast are caused to be killed, as Jesus soon will be. I believe our spirit died with Christ, so it’s possible we who refuse to worship the beast are also caused to be killed.
All biblical names on Zerah.com link to the enhanced dictionary of biblical names, used with permission from Bridge Logos publishers. Hover over a name, like “Jews,” to see its definition. It means “God be praised.”
The idea of worship or praise connects these two passages.
Throughout the book of Revelation, people are marked, or “sealed.” Either with the name of the beast, which is Destruction (Revelation 9:11), or the name of Jesus, which means “God Saves.”
Revelation 5:9 says Jesus purchased us with his blood. Here, it says “no one can buy or sell” unless he has the mark of the beast.
So, in order for Jesus to purchase us, he must bear the mark of the beast. In fact, he bore two marks – one in each hand. Or four, if you count his feet.
In this parallel, body parts – right hands – connect these two passages.
Three were crucified. Jesus was the second. It suggests the number of the beast, which is the number of a man, is two-thirds, like the decimal .666. Other parts of Revelations support this, as it divides things into thirds.
Revelations describes 7 bowls of wrath. As each bowl is poured out, it effects two-thirds of something. This suggests the wrath of God was poured out on Christ, as he was numbered accordingly.
Revelations describes 7 trumpets. As each trumpet sounds, it effects one-third of something, which I suspect applies to those who bear the name of Christ.
The idea of numbering, or a division of people between Satan and Christs, connects these two passages.
The next part of the Mark of the Beast parallel shows Jesus, the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion with a great number of people. In the crucifixion, many pass by the cross, blaspheming Christ. They talk of a temple being destroyed and rebuilt – in 3 days – like a new Kingdom, which is likely the Mount Zion of Revelation.
The interesting part of this passage to me is the duality. People are shown standing, victorious, with Christ on Mount Zion. Yet they hear a sound, from heaven, like the sound of many waters (a crowd), and great thunder (the voice of God), which is like harps (praise).
This suggests a dual victory, both on earth and in heaven. Or, perhaps a dual victory which is both physical and spiritual.
The idea of passing through connects these two passages, like passing through death and into new life. Or, passing out of this world and into the eternal Kingdom of Christ.
The people sing a new song before the throne, four living creatures and elders. The chief priests mock Christ. The purity of the worship of the people on the left connects to the blasphemy of the mocking on the right. An interesting opposite.
The elders of Christ, on the left, are also an interesting contrast with the chief priests of this world. Between those who follow him, praising him, with a new song in their mouth – and those who mock him.
Part of the bible’s design, which I’ve observed, is the idea of mirrors or symmetry. Here, “no one” can learn the song except the people redeemed, which word means “to buy up” or “purchased.”
This is an exact mirror to the words we read earlier. No one can purchase unless he has the mark of the beast. No one can learn the song unless he’s been purchased, by Christ. A mirror.
The words of the mocking chief priests in the crucifixion scene are interestingly accurate. Jesus does save others, which the revelation clearly shows. Jesus can’t (or chooses not to) save himself.
The crucifixion scene on the right ends where it began, with a King. “Let the Christ, the King of Israel now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe in him.”
The revelation shows those who see and believe in Christ – who choose to follow him. The crucifixion scene shows those who do not. This is exactly where the design of these two passages began, with a choice of worship – the beast, or Christ.
This is also where the design of this passage ends, with a choice of worship – following the Lamb, or not.
These two passages work together in amazing ways. With Zerah.com, any two passages whose design is known will work together. You can build your own parallels, and in doing so, compare two passages it’s quite likely no one has ever compared before.
I cannot overstate how incredible this is. Not only do the words align, but the names of the people within the words align. And, the actions of the people within the words also align. Every word, it appears, is amazingly and intricately choreographed to uncover a deeper story of Jesus and his victory over the beast – together with us.
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