The Number of the Beast
Do you know that the Second Coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is about to take place?
His coming will be in two stages: First He comes only in the air when all those who have worshipped God, and served Him, from the beginning of time, will be raised out of their graves, and we who are alive and remain will be caught up to meet Him in the air, so shall we ever be with the Lord.(I Thessalonians 4:17) There will be an interval of seven years between His coming for the saints and His coming with them, to rule and reign upon earth as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 11:2, and Revelation 13:5). These seven years will be years of God’s judgments falling upon the unrepentant and devil-worshipping mankind.
Take the book of Revelation and begin to read from chapter 6 to chapter 20: When the saints have gone, then the Antichrist will come; who he is, no one can say for certain, because he will not be revealed until the saints have gone. (II Thessalonians 2:1-12)
For the first half of the seven years God sends two witnesses, with great power, and they warn the people. Antichrist tries to kill them, but can’t until they have finished their testimony. Then they are slain, but just read for yourself what happens then. (Revelation 11:1-12). It is then that the Antichrist comes into full power and begins his awful work, and the false prophet helps him. Read Revelation 13. He causeth all people, 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 (Antichrist), 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 three score and six. That is 666. Some people say that Antichrist is a system. God says Antichrist is a man.
Some people may say where is the harm in accepting a mark, or number, or a name. I’ll tell you what it means. It means if you accept either Antichrist’s mark, name or number, you have then given yourself over to Satan, who indwells the Antichrist. You have thus signed, or sold yourself to him. God even in the midst of judgment shows His mercy to mankind, for He sends out three angels flying in the midst of Heaven, one having the everlasting Gospel, to preach unto them that dwell on earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice: “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made Heaven, and earth, and the sea and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:7
Now the third angel’s message is awful and terrible, but it is also a warning, so that man is again without excuse, and cannot blame God and say he did not know. This is the angel’s message, and he pronounces the doom of the worshippers of the beast: And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture, into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Holy Angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 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 14:6-12
Now as you read on in Revelation 16:2, when the first vial of God’s wrath is poured on earth there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men, which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. And when the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat (or throne) of the beast, his kingdom was full of darkness, and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of Heaven because of their pain and sores, and repented not of their deeds. Finally you read of a great gathering of the kings of the earth and their armies, gathered together to make war against the Lord Himself, who previous to this had come through the opened heavens seated upon a white horse and the armies of Heaven with Him. And these deluded and deceived men think they can fight against Him, the Lord of Glory.
What happens then? The beast was taken and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone, and the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceedeth out of His mouth, and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19).
Dear reader, we are living in the closing days of this age of grace. Every sign is being fulfilled of which our Lord Himself said would be in operation prior to His coming again for His own. If you have not yet believed in Him, and accepted Him as your own personal Saviour, then if He came today or tonight, He could not take you, because you have rejected Him.
“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God” John 3:18 “And the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I John 1:7. Read also Romans 10:9-10.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED – TAKE HEED!