THE MARK OF THE BEAST
BY: LINDA KEITH
Folks, before we even start this study, we need to get a real understanding. Once, we realize this truth, it will bring so much clarity, that we’ll be enlightened to so many things, that was so confusing, as to how we have understood scripture before.
I want to list 7 groups:
1. Satan and his principalities
2. The Body of Christ
3. The Beast
4. The Antichrist
5. The 2 men spoken of in the Word — The 1st Adam and the last Adam
6. The 2 Women — The 2 Churches
7. The True People of God and Those that Jesus will say, “I never knew you.”
What we HAVE to know is this: EACH of these is a group of people. Each of these, is a many-membered group. They are made up of many members of Christians and ALL of the other religions of the world!! If, you will get this revelation deep into your Spirit, you’ll read the Word, in a different light. And not only that, you’ll lose the fear, that has been instilled in you; like; A MAN, the antichrist, is coming to control everything; the mark or tattoo that we’re going to have to have in or on our body, if, we want to live. All that will leave, I promise you. And that Beast, that is expected, by many Christians, will also be understood, another LIE, that Father’s TRUTH TAKES OUT OF US!
This understanding, of the many-membered groups of people, that are really the make up of these 7 things, listed above, will set you free, of the fear of them. I’ll give you a little nugget: once we realize where and who the beast is, it is then that Father begins to bring forth, from within us those things that aren’t of His nature. It’s not always easy or a pleasant time for us, As He brings forth, to remove, all that isn’t of Him. We’ll think, “why am I doing or saying or acting like this? Why am I having these thoughts?” What it is, IS FATHER, revealing things about ourselves that we may not even be aware of that is in us!! And we have to allow HIM to take it from us. As this takes place, that much MORE of Christ’s nature comes manifests in and through us. When He reveals these things to us, then we just go to Him, THANK HIM for showing us what’s been lurking in us, that we had not even realized was in us. We just ask Him to take it, and then we repent and rest in Him. AND THANK HIM!! ONLY HE CAN TAKE it from us. All the trying in the world, can’t take it, HE has to take it. If WE try, ourselves, to be rid of those things that He shows us, all we really do is try to cover it up, and when we’re so proud of ourselves and so sure it is gone, it will rear its ugly head, when we least expect it!! Allowing HIM to take a thing out of us, just requires of us, to keep putting HIS WORD into us, and keep focused on HIM, while HE DOES THE WORK of taking that thing from us.
The first thing that we have to admit to ourselves is, THAT WE CANNOT CHANGE!! ONLY HE CAN MANIFEST MORE OF HIMSELF THROUGH US! It’s not a bad or evil thing to admit that this beast nature is working within the Body of Christ. It’s good, it’s healthy and most of all, it’s being dependent on HIM!! This beast nature is so subtle. And IF we could rid ourselves of it, then, Jesus would not have had to die!! Praise His Name! He’s not interested in our outward. The habits that some of us find, so hard to let go of, the same habits that the church has taught, that if, we have some of these habits, then we’re not good Christians. As we allow Father to deal with our hearts, things will drop off and MORE OF HIM IS SEEN, through us. And we have to know, that the work will be done in His time, not ours. So, lets get on with the study of the BEAST.
REVELATION 13:1, “And as I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having 7 heads and 10 horns, and upon his horns, 10 crowns and upon his heads, the name of blasphemy.”
If we get the understanding of this verse, it will truly help us to be able to recognize this beast! OK?
John sees this beast come up out of the sea. First, we must remember that, John is seeing this IN THE SPIRIT, not with a carnal mind. Chapter 1:20 of Revelation, makes us to know, that this Book is all written in symbols. So, let’s look at the Word, regarding this sea.
GEN. 22:17, “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the SAND WHICH IS UPON THE SEA SHORE; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.”
GEN. 32:12, “And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the SEA, which cannot be numbered for multitude.”
JUDE 13, 16. If you read the previous verses, you will see that it is PEOPLE that are being spoken of: “Raging waves of the SEA, foaming out their own shame, wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” VS 16, “These are murderers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having MEN’S persons in admiration because of advantage.”
JAMES 1:5-6, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to ALL MEN liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like A WAVE OF THE SEA driven with the wind and tossed.”
ROM. 9:27, “Esaias also crieth concerning Israel. Though the number of the children of Israel be AS THE SAND OF THE SEA.”
This is enough scripture to show that the SEA is speaking of a people. And remember, who is the Bible written to? Christians. So, the SEA is speaking of Christian people. Now put it together; THE BEAST IS COMING UP, OUT OF A PEOPLE, CHRISTIAN PEOPLE!!! Abraham’s people are Christians. As we saw, this all started out, being told to Abraham, about the sea. Now, let’s take a close look at the this beast:
We saw in REVELATION 13:1, that this beast is coming up out of the sea.
VS 2, “Now the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion; and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. “
OK. Now where does this beast get his power?
REVELATION 13:4-8, “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him? (Vs 5) And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue (to make war) forty and two months. (Vs 6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. (Vs 7) And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Vs 8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the LAMB slain from the foundation of the world.”
It is SO IMPORTANT to see what is written here!! First of all, we see that the beast gets his power from the dragon, the snake, leviathan, Satan, they are one and the same! (Vs 2, 4, 5, 7) FOUR verses tells us that the BEAST gets power FROM the dragon. This does not say that the DRAGON is given power OVER US!!!
1 John 2:13, “…we have overcome the wicked one…”
Eph 1. Here it is telling that Jesus was sat far above ALL principality and power and might and dominion
Now, look at Vs 22-23, “And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be THE HEAD OVER ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH.”
Who are we? We are HIS CHURCH!! We are the Body, HE IS THE HEAD of His Body!! So who has power, even OVER THE BEAST AND THE DRAGON? US! US! US! The ones who KNOW WHO THEY ARE!
It doesn’t say that the DRAGON is going to do all these things. It says THAT THE BEAST got the power—FROM the dragon. (I’m not going into this right now, but look at Heb 2:14-15, get our study on The Devil.) Now with FOUR verses in one chapter telling us this, I would think that Father is trying to give us understanding to what is being spoken of. And that is, WHERE THE BEAST GETS HIS POWER!
OK, let’s put together what we’ve been given, so far:
1. The sea represents people, Christian people.
2. The BEAST comes up from within the SEA, Christians.
3. That BEAST (some Christians) gets its power from the dragon.
4. It is the BEAST that does all these things
5. It is the BEAST that blasphemes God.
6. It is the Beast who blasphemes God’s name.
7. It is the BEAST who blasphemes God’s tabernacle. (we are the temple of God).
8. It is the BEAST who blasphemes them that dwell in heaven. (those who are walking into the Pattern that
was left us, walking in the Spirit, right here on earth)
9. It is the BEAST who makes war with the saints
10. It is the BEAST who has power over all kindred, tongues and nations. (nations speak of people, not lands);
tongues speak of those who confess the same beliefs; kindred speak of those who are ONE with
something or somebody, one body with many members. (those who are ONE TOGETHER in what a spirit
other than the Holy Spirit teaches, MAN’S teachings).
Notice In VS 8, it says, “and all that dwell, (live or gets life from earth) on the earth shall worship him (the beast).
Now keep in mind, this is a Spiritual Book. It is not written of carnal understanding. When it speaks of “earth,” it IS NOT speaking of the terra firma, it is speaking of a nature. “we are earthen vessels,” “a treasure planted in a field” etc. This, “all that dwell upon earth,” is speaking of those who are living out of the carnal nature. Following MAN, not the heavenly Spirit! Folks, there are those, who WILL NOT accept a Truth of God, for the simple reason, that their PASTOR or TEACHER doesn’t accept it. They do not bother to study it out for themselves, they take the word of MAN!! Oh I pray for these people to allow Father to open their eyes and ears of understanding. They ARE and ARE GOING to miss out on the GREATEST, MOST BLESSED, thing in their lives, next to knowing their Father, and that is fulfilling ROM 8:29 and that is to come to the place where they are conformed to the image of HIS DEAR SON!!
“IT IS NOT I THAT LIVES, BUT CHRIST IN ME” Isn’t this what the Word says? Forget what man has taught you for a minute and think about it. Take it before the Lord. When Christ entered us, He brought ALL that He is with Him. (the anointing, the priesthood, the 5 fold ministry, the whole of His being!! And this is done BEFORE seeing death!! Death will be the last enemy that they manifest the swallowing up of!! Hallelujah!!!
Oh I BEG you, study, allow Father to give you HIS revelation of His Word, not words that man’s intelligence has come up with, because the NATURAL does not RECEIVE the things of the SPIRIT! Like those who worship MAN (the beast, the beast nature) who receive their power from the dragon, WE RECEIVED POWER ALSO, the power OF THE HOLY SPIRIT! Read what Jesus said:
John 14: 12-14, “Verily, verily, I (Jesus) say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name (nature), that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Let’s look at the description of this beast.
REVELATION 13:2, “And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard.”
Now we have to remember that Chapter 1:10, tells us that John is seeing ALL that is in this Book, through Spiritual eyes. He had to be in the Spirit, to be able to write what JESUS was revealing to him. So, first of all, we know that this “leopard” IS NOT going to be a literal large cat!! that is called a leopard. And we’ve seen that this beast is coming up out of the SEA, Christians. To save space, I won’t type out these scriptures, but read EX 12:3, Heb 9:14, 1 Peter 1:18-19. These scriptures tell us about the description of JESUS. Notice, He was WITHOUT SPOT OR BLEMISH!! The leopard has SPOTS and lots of them!! Look at these: I want to show you, spots and blemishes!!
JUDE 10, 12, “But these speak evil of those things which they know not; but what they know naturally. AS BRUTE BEASTS…” “These (the people spoken of) are SPOTS in your feasts of charity (love), when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear, clouds they are without water, trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots”
Who is the Bible written to? Christians!! Who is this speaking of? Some Christians!! They are spots. They look like the BEAST, speak like the Beast, and operate like the BEAST, THEY ARE THE BEAST!! They manifest the NATURE OF THE BEAST! That is, they speak carnal, they operate out of the carnal, they are carnal. They do not follow the teachings and leading of the Spirit, they don’t allow the Spirit to teach them, they follow and worship the teachings of the carnal leaders that they follow. They manifest that carnal nature: ALL THE WHILE THEY CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS!! Read IS 4:1 this is speaking of Christians, these are those with this beast nature!! They want to be called Christians, but they want to do their own thing, not the way of the Holy Spirit. It’s sad!! But, you want to see another many-membered group, that ARE following the lead of the Holy Spirit, not man? Read 2 Peter 1:2-4, 2 Peter 1:5-8, 1 John 1:7
2 Peter 2:3-4, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue; Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
1John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from ALL SIN.”
My brothers and sisters, the beast is not to be feared!! It is a nature. Not a literal animal! Allow the Holy Spirit to lead and teach you, and the beast can’t come near you. Allow MAN to lead and teach you, and you will end up BEING THE BEAST!! We can ONLY SERVE ONE SPIRIT!
Now, let’s take a look at what Father has to say about us, and the beast. Here are some examples of how the Beast manifested its nature through the disciples:
1) 3 John 5-6 “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest TO THE BRETHREN and to strangers; (Vs 6) Which have born witness of your charity before the church, whom IF YOU BRING FORWARD ON THEIR JOURNEY, AFTER A GODLY SORT, you shalt do well.“
Now, IF you help out a traveling witness, evangelist, teacher, prophet, etc., with his expenses, before the church, or setting an example to Christians, you do well.
(Vs 8) “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be FELLOW HELPERS TO THE TRUTH.”
Now the beast nature:
(Vs 9-11) “I wrote unto THE CHURCH (which were Christians): BUT Diotrephes (leader of that church), who LOVETH TO HAVE PREEMINENCE among them, RECEIVETH US NOT. (10) Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, PRATING AGAINST US WITH MALICIOUS WORDS; AND NOT CONTENT THEREWITH, NEITHER DOTH HE HIMSELF RECEIVE THE BRETHREN, AND FORBIDETH THEM THAT WOULD, AND CASTETH THEM OUT OF THE CHURCH. (11) BELOVED, FOLLOW NOT THAT WHICH IS EVIL, BUT THAT WHICH IS GOOD. HE THAT DOETH GOOD IS OF GOD; BUT, HE THAT DOETH EVIL HATH NOT SEEN GOD”
You see, the beast nature, is actually AN ATTITUDE!! But, WE have the nature of God, since salvation. (see our study on His Nature). You notice in Vs 8, they helped those who brethren and strangers who journeyed and it was a GODLY thing to do. But, this other brother, in Vs 9, was concerned ONLY with what he wanted for, ONLY himSELF. See the different attitudes? One Godly, one the beast!!
Another example:Matt. 26:6-9, “There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. (8) But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying To what purpose is this waste?”
Greed in the disciples! JESUS saw it as LOVE. The disciples were concerned with THE COST of the ointment. Beast attitude. And LOVE attitude. Judgment and Understanding. Do you see what I mean? An attitude of being focused on HIM, stifles the BEAST! That attitude of SELF!!!
In studying this beast and his mark, we’re going to start with the number 666. Now, we’ve been taught that this number will be tattooed or implanted, in some way, in our hand or forehead. They have taught that without this mark, we won’t be able to buy anything or to sell anything. This number will mean that we no longer serve God and that we worship the beast. But, we should know by now, that each word that is written in the Bible, has a meaning behind it, especially in the Book of Revelation.
1 COR 2:14, tells us clearly that “the natural man/mind receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know, because they are Spiritually discerned.“
So, this, right off the bat, tells us that each number in the Bible has a definition that was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Amen? So, we’re going to look at the spiritual meaning of the number 666, to get a spiritual truth.
REV. 13:18, “here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast.”
Now, the next line is so clear and so simple to understand, that I can’t figure out how those great scholars make it so hard to understand.
13:19, “FOR IT IS THE NUMBER OF MAN.”
Now, who does it say that, 666 is the number of the antichrist? No! Look at the meaning of these numbers.
The number 3 means: complete, fullness.
There are 3 parts that make up man.
Spirit, soul and body. (the fullness of us will be of the beast or of Christ)
There are 3 parts to complete salvation. (1Cor 5:5, Heb 10:39, Rom 8:23). When all 3 are manifested, then this is COMPLETE SALVATION.
There are 3 rooms (or realms in our walk) in the Tabernacle of Moses – Outer court, Holy Place, and Most Holy Place. This is the COMPLETE makeup of the Tabernacle that Father gave instructions to Moses, to build.
The Bible tells us that there are 3 witnesses in heaven and 3 witnesses in the earth. (1 John 5:7-8) So, 3, in the Bible means COMPLETE, or FULLNESS of something.Now, let’s look at the number, 6. As we just read in Rev 13:18, the number 6, is the number of MAN. For a little backup scripture, let’s look at Gen 1:26-31. Now, read all of this, but for right now I want to look at VS 31.
GEN.1:26-31, VS 31, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And THE EVENING AND THE MORNING WERE THE SIXTH DAY.”
Man was created on the 6th day. Six (6) is the number of MAN. Man speaks of carnality, limitation of man, and, the corruptible mind of man. Since 6 is the number of MAN, we ask, why does the Book of Revelation, speak of 3 6’s? Because man is a 3 part being: spirit, soul and body. Look at what I’m saying:
1. the first 6=the spirit of man
2. the second 6=the soul of man
3. the third 6=the body or flesh of man
The 3 6’s, represent the COMPLETE make up of man, and 3 means COMPLETE. So, 666 simply means the complete or fullness of man. IF it were 777, it would mean COMPLETE perfection, in the complete man, spirit, soul and body.So, since this is the mark of “the beast,” it simply means, a man (a corporate body) that is completely and totally made up of a nature. (the sinful, carnal, evil, fleshly, beastly nature. It is man (a body of people) so completely in the fallen nature of Adam.
The complete: spirit of Adamic nature, the soul of Adamic nature, and the corruptible flesh of Adamic state of being. It is man under total control and influenced by the carnal, Adamic nature. So, the person who has the “mark of the beast” 666 in their forehead, simply means, someone who is COMPLETELY carnal–minded. That attitude is completely SELF! The hand, speaks of ministry. OUR LIFE IS OUR MINISTRY! So when someone is totally living our of the carnal spirit, thinking out of a carnal mind (our soul), and the flesh is partaking of carnality, then that person is showing forth the beast nature, or the mark of the beast! We are either putting on the Nature of Christ or the beast nature. Let’s look at Peter:
2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that BY THESE YE MIGHT BE PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (the desiring of exalting oneself.)
We HAVE the mark of the LORD IN OUR FOREHEADS (mind) because the Word says “we have the mind of Christ.” If we follow His Spirit, we have His mark; if we follow MAN, we are receiving of (out from within) the mark of the beast!! The mark is simply the manifesting print, of something, that CAUSED the print. If I bite you, it will leave a print. Who made the print? I did. It’s the same with Father. His HAS, not will, put His NATURE in us. It will make a print that can be seen, spiritually and physically. Spiritually, the Same Spirit, in others, will recognize it. Even in the physical, our attitudes will change to the point, that someone who knows us, will recognize a change in our behavior. It’s the same with the Beast Nature. It will have a mark that all can see.
Look at Hitler. He was fully, completely BEAST NATURE. BEAST ATTITUDE! All he thought of was HIMSELF!! Horrendously!!! And that BEAST NATURE, showed it through his attitude.
Focus! Focus!! Focus!! This is the thing. Who we focus on, is who we produce the mark of. It’s Father or the BEAST!!
MARK OF THE BEAST, Parts 1-2 [Linda Keith] 1