THE MARK 666
BY: EDMUND and VERA LYNN BARKDOLL
THE FALLING AWAY
THE TRUE FAITH
THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL
THE HEAVENLY LAWS
THE TRUE LAWS
THE TRUE FAITH
THE APOSTATE WAY
THE BLOOD OF THE LORD
THE SON OF PERDITION
The purpose of this treatise is to not only reveal to the reader the false way of the apostates with the mark 666 (the number of the beast Rev.13:18), but also, and most importantly, to reveal to the reader the true way that is not of the apostates with the mark 666. For the true way, is the only way that is of the will of God.
The true way, is the only way that leads to eternal life. And it is our prayer brethren that those who are walking in the false way would repent, and turn with all their heart to seek the true way, which as said, is the only way that leads anyone to eternal life. Amen
THE FALLING AWAY
Let us start then with the epistle of 2 Thessalonians 2:3, in which it is written,
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”. 2 Thess. 2:3
Here we see that the man of sin, i.e., the son of perdition, is associated with all, who are in any way companions of the falling away. The words “falling away” used in 2 Thess.2:3, come from the Greek word apostasia, which means “apostasy”, i.e., in a state of defection from truth.
So, here we see that all those who are in the “falling away” (apostasy) would rightly be called “apostates”, and would be walking in a way that is abandoning (deserting) the truth. Let us now go on to see whom the “apostates” are, that are walking in this way.
The numeric equivalent of the Greek word “apostates” = 666
A = 1
P = 80
O = 70
ST = 6
A = 1
T = 300
E = 8
S = 200
Therefore, we see that all those who are in the “falling away”, and are dwelling in “the apostasy”, are “apostates”, and that their name “apostates” numerically fits with the number 666. But it goes much deeper than this. Lets look and see.
The word “apostasy” means, the act of renouncing one’s faith, or revolt to stand. So, here we see that all those who are of “the apostasy” are in a state of renouncing the faith, which they say they are standing in.
Here we see that they are revolting against, and not standing in the faith of true Christianity. For they have fallen from being true Christians.
THE TRUE FAITH
Let us look now to see the true faith that true Christianity seeks to establish. For by seeing this true faith, then we can see what they who are of the apostasy, do not seek to establish. And so, by seeing this true faith, the opposite of it, i.e., the falsehood of the apostasy, and those who are of this falsehood, will be revealed to our hearts.
In Hebrews 11:6, we see that without faith, it is impossible to please God. For it is written,
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb. 11:6
Here we also see that this faith, that is pleasing to God, has to do with diligently seeking God. And so we see that those who are in the apostasy are, for one thing (because they are revolting against the true faith), not showing anyone the true way to seek God.
In Matthew 6:33, we see that the true way to seek God is to enter the scripture, the law and the prophets, etc., seeking for God’s kingdom, and for God’s righteousness. Now as to God’s righteousness, it is found in the word of His commandments, as it is written,
“My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” Psalms 119:17
THE LAW IS SPIRITUAL
Now someone may say, it is written, “That almighty God is not carnal, He is a Spirit.” This is true, God is not carnal, but spiritual, and so are His righteous commandments, as it is written,
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” Romans 7:14.
And we know that when God’s Son, i.e., God’s Word, came and walked among mankind, God’s Word told mankind that His Word, His commandments, His Laws, etc., were not carnal, but spiritual, as it is written,
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
The word “spirit” being used here, means among other things= God, Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit:–ghost, life, spirit (-ual, -ually), mind.
Let us ask, and how does the Holy Spirit speak, teach etc?
In 1 Cor. 2:5-16, it is written, “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Cor.2:5-16
There are several amazing things to see here. For example, in 1Cor. 2:13, the apostle is saying that the Holy Spirit speaketh, teacheth, by COMPARING SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL THINGS!
And in 1Cor. 2:7-8, the apostle shows that the Holy Spirit things are the things that are of the HIDDEN WISDOM OF GOD! Even the HIDDEN WORDS OF WISDOM which none of the princes (rulers) of this world knew, for if they had known THESE WORDS, then they would not have CRUCIFIED the Lord of glory.
But what does this tell us? It tells us TWO VERY, VERY IMPORTANT THINGS. It tells us that the scriptures that speak of the Lord’s suffering and baptism on His cross, are not understood by natural man, for they are WORDS OF THE WISDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SPOKEN IN A MYSTERY, which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of natural man, and must be revealed by the Holy Spirit, for in 1 Cor.2:10 it is written,
“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” 1Cor.2:10
Also, it tells us that the WORDS OF THE WISDOM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, the DOCTRINE of the Lord, must be revealed by the Holy Spirit, by comparing SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRIT, with regard to the scripture, in order to know the THINGS THAT EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HAS HEARD, NEITHER HAS IT ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF NATURAL MAN.
But let us ask, what are these words of wisdom THAT EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HAS HEARD, NEITHER HAVE THEY ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF NATURAL MAN?
These are the WORDS OF THE LAW, even as Moses said, as it is written,
“These are the words of the covenant, which the LORD commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, beside the covenant which he made with them in Horeb. And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land; The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles: Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” Deut.29:1-4
Here we see that THE WORDS OF THE LAW, THE LAW THAT IS SPIRITUAL, ARE NOT SEEN NOR UNDERSTOOD BY CARNAL MAN.
Why? Because they are THE SPIRITUAL WORDS, OF GOD THE SPIRIT, as the Lord Jesus Christ tells us.
For Jesus said that He was His Father’s son (Word), and that His words, doctrine, commandments, etc. were His Father’s Words, as it is written,
“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.” John 7:16
THE HEAVENLY LAWS
These words are the spiritual commandments that give eternal life, to all those who receive, and walk in them. These are the Heavenly Laws of the Holy Spirit of Life, as it is written,
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
Indeed the law does set us free from sin, for Satan HIMSELF is TO BE fought off by the law.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” 1 John 5:7
In Matthew 19:16-28, we see that the rich man that came to Jesus thought that he knew these perfect commandments of truth. But, Jesus told the man that in order to enter into the perfect law of truth (that makes all men perfect), the man needed to follow Jesus into its regeneration (verse 28). For indeed, this SPIRITUAL law is perfect, and it converts the soul, and quickens (saves, regenerates) it, as it is written,
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Psalms 19:7
And again, “I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.” Psalms 119:93
The rich man needed the spiritual understanding of The Word of the Ten Commandments, in order to receive their SPIRITUAL LIFE GIVING POWER. And this spiritual understanding of God’s heavenly commandments is what all the holy men of old asked God to give them. For example,
”Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalms 119:18
And again, “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.” Psalms 119:73
And again ”Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.” Psalms 119:124
THE TRUE LAW
And they received the understanding, because they asked in the right way. For the true law is of faith, as it is written,
“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.” Romans 3:27
And faith is the substance of things not seen by the carnal mind, as it is written,
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
And again, “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Romans 8:7
For the law of God’s righteousness must be spiritually taught by the holy spirit, in God’s one true church, as it is written,
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26
THE TRUE FAITH
This law of faith, is the true faith, that the true Christianity seeks to establish, as it is written,
“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” Romans 3:31
It is this true law of faith, that reveals those who are in the apostasy, for those of the apostasy seek not to establish this law of faith, and indeed, they cannot, for they do not have the law teacher, the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, dwelling in their apostate houses, i.e. churches.
For we know that the spiritual law is the truth, as it is written,
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” Psalms 119:142
And these spiritual words of OUR LORD’S spiritual commandments, OUR LORD’S spiritual laws of truth, are to be spiritually bound on OUR RIGHT hand and OUR forehead, AS it is written,
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.” Deuteronomy 6:6-8
But since the false apostates do not have OUR LORD’S HEAVENLY spiritual law of truth, the mark on their RIGHT hand AND ON THEIR FOREHEAD is falsehood, as it is written,
“Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.” Psalms 144:11
For “the apostates”, bring forth a false carnal image, of the spiritual law of faith, because, God’s name, the Word of truth (for God’s name “Logos” is spelled out in the law), is not in their foreheads, Revelation 22:4.
THE APOSTATE WAY
Let us go on now, looking more at the apostate way. In the Hebrew language, the word showbab, is used for apostate, and means, backsliding, frowardly, turning away. We find the word used in Jeremiah 3:14. We will quote from Jeremiah 3:14-17, it is written,
“Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.” Jeremiah 3:14-17
Here we see that as long as one remains an apostate (i.e., in the backsliding way) no matter if they are a layperson, or a pastor, such a one will not be brought to Heavenly Zion, nor will such a one be given pastors according to the Lord’s own heart, which feed with the knowledge and understanding that is found in Heavenly Zion.
The pastors which feed with God’s knowledge and understanding know where the Ark of the Covenant is, and is not. These pastors in their heavenly doctrine do not visit that place where it is not (see Hebrews 9:3-10). For these are the pastors who know where Heavenly Jerusalem (which is called in Truth, the throne of the Lord), with its baptismal water of life, dwells. (See Jeremiah 3:17 Revelation 22:1).
These pastors know that the baptismal name of the Lord is found only there. (See Jeremiah 3:17, Revelation 3:12). For the baptismal Word of the law, must come out of Heavenly Jerusalem, as it is written,
“The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:1-3
THE BLOOD OF THE LORD
For there only (Zion, Heavenly Jerusalem) is the blood of the Lord found. Which blood is His doctrine, His law, that speaketh from Heaven, as it is written, “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23. To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24. And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:” Hebrews 12:22-25
THE SON OF PERDITION
Let us go on looking now at 2 Thessalonians 2:3. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, we see that after the falling away is mentioned, then the man of sin, i.e. the son of perdition is mentioned. As to this word “perdition”, it comes from the Greek word apolia, which means “destruction”. We find this same Greek word apolia, used in Matthew 7:13-14. For it is written, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Here we see that there are two ways, two gates (doors), by which mankind seeks to enter into doctrine, the law, etc. One way leads mankind into eternal life, but the other way, leads mankind into apolia, i.e., “destruction”. Here we see that those who are in the apostasy, i.e., those who are of the son of perdition, go in by the way (the door) of “destruction”, and lead others also into that way. Now that which presides over these two ways is the law of faith and the law of unbelief. For the law is of faith, and sin is lawlessness, i.e., believing not in the law of faith.
And these two laws of faith and faithlessness are two wisdoms. For it is written that the law is to be mankind’s wisdom,
“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 6. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deuteronomy 4:5-6
But, there are two laws, that is to say two wisdoms, as it is written, “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
And again, “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:15-18
Here we see, that only the law from above, only the spiritual law of faith, only wisdom above, is the pure law which bears the faithful fruit of God’s righteousness and peace.
And indeed wisdom above bears witness to this, for it is written, “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” Psalms 19:8
And again, “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.” Proverbs 8:8
And again, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
So here we see that those who are of the apostate man, i.e., those who are acting frowardly, have no faith in the law of faith, the law of wisdom above, as it is written, “And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.” Deuteronomy 32:20
This is because, the apostate evil man, and those who are with him in wisdom below, dwell in her house of death, as it is written, “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths: To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words; Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God. For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.” Proverbs 2:12-18
In her house (church) there is no spiritual law of faith, no Holy Spirit reproof of wisdom above. But to enter into the true Christian law of faith, the law of God’s righteousness and its life giving instruction, the inspiration of God, i.e. the teaching of the Holy Spirit, must be in the house, as it is written, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
And again, “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” Proverbs 1:23
It is our hope, brethren that not only the way of the apostates with the mark 666 has been revealed to the reader in this treatise, but also we hope that the way of true Christians has been revealed to the reader, if the reader had not yet known of this way. And since these two ways are a matter of life and death, we earnestly long to communicate with all (who like ourselves) desire and pray to totally see and understand the way of life, which is the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen