The Revelation of Jesus Christ
The beast from the sea is the Anti-christ—CH 13:1-10; 17:8-14
The anti-christ is described as a beast out of the sea that leads a 7 headed and 10 horned beast. The 7 heads represent 7 empires in history recorded in the Old and New Testament that oppressed the nation of Israel. They are the Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greecian, Roman and finally, the Ottomon empires.
One of the 7 heads is revived and becomes the 8th kingdom. The beast that “that was, is not, and yet is” (Reveleation 17:11) is one of the 7 empires that existed before coming back to power in the last days. Who is the 8th?
The description of part leopard, part bear, part lion may suggest where the Anti-christ (the 8th kingdom) will arise from. Daniel had a similar vision of this beast rising in the last days.—Daniel 7:1-19. Daniel‘s vision addressed the nations which are today’s Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.
This beast, headed by the anti-christ, will persecute Israel and believers for 42 months after the abomination is set up in the rebuilt Jewish Temple. Daniel also saw the same beast persecuting Israel for 42 month in Daniel 7:19-27
The beast from the earth is the false prophet.—13:11-18
The false prophet institutes a mark for its followers to wear in allegiance to the Antichrist. Taking this mark would condemn one to hell. The question must be asked, what is the one sin that condemns people to hell? It is the rejection of The Lord Jesus Christ. (John 3:16-18).
If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God.—Revelation 14:9-10
Consider this: The head and arm bands worn by Islamic Jihadists has inscribed upon it the creed of Islam which denies the Father and the Son. It is safe to conclude that the mark of the beast may well be the mark and creed of Islam.
The translation of 3 Greek letters into the number 666 is based on a system called gematria where each Greek letter of the alphabet has an assigned numerical equivalent. Reading from left to right, the first Greek letter, χ (pronounced “chi”) had a numerical value of 600. The middle Greek letter, ξ (pronounced “xi”), and it had a numerical value of 60. The third Greek letter, ς (pronounced “stigma”) and had a numerical value of 6.
Strong’s dictionary: [The 22nd, 14th and an obsolete letter (G4742 as a cross) of the Greek alphabet (intermediate between the 5th and 6th) used as numbers; denoting respectively 600 60 and 6. G4742. stigma stig’-mah from a primary stizo (to “stick”, i.e. prick); a mark incised or punched (for recognition of ownership), i.e. (figuratively) scar of service:–mark.]
Consider this: The mark of the beast may be something entirely different. Reading from right to left and viewing the Greek letter, ξ as an Arabic symbol we come up with a different meaning.
- The Greek letter ς—“mark, or badge of service”.
- The Greek letter ξ—may also be the Arabic character “bismillah,” which means “in the name of Allah.”
- The Greek letter χ—may also represent the crosses swords frequently associated with Islamic symbols.
The mark of the beast will become perfectly clear when the false prophet arises after the rapture.
Consider this: Islam also has a system of buying and selling called Hallal. All products marked Hallal have been dedicated to the Islamic god Allah.