A Sabbath Message 9/25/21 – What is the Mark of the Beast?

What is this Mark of the Beast?

The “Mark of the Beast” is probably the most debated question in all the book of Revelation. What is it? Who or what is its earthly or human authority? Most everyone understands that Satan is behind it. That is true! But remember, Satan is also the father of lies and is absolutely capable of deceiving everyone, yes – even the whole world, as to what it really is. His name was “Helyel” (Hebrew) which is translated “Lucifer” in the English Old Testament. (Isaiah 14:12) He was the all covering anointed cherub. (Ezekiel 28:14) He rebelled against his elder brother and Father and became the adversary and his name was changed to Satan (The Adversary). The Lord (Emanuel, his older brother) saw him fall (a crash i.e., downfall) from heaven. (Luke 10:18, Rev. Rev. 12:7-9, Gen. 1:2) Lucifer (Helyel) is defined in Hebrew as “the morning star.” Isn’t that like our sun? Sun worship on the vernal day of the sun is prevalent throughout all pagan religions and customs and goes back to the Sun Cult of ancient Egypt. Revelation 13:15-18 is where we find the power, life, image, speech and number about the mark in question. Here are some key definitions from the Greek dictionary: {Personal commentary and understanding added in these type brackets.}

*power (G1325) – didomi – a prolonged form of a prime verb “to give” by implication (Lit. or fig.) greatly modified by the connection: – adventure, bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver (up), give, grant, hinder, make, minister, number, offer, have power, put, receive, set, shew, smite (with the hand), strike, (+ with the palm of the hand), suffer, take, utter, yield.

*life (G4151) – pnuema – “a current of air” i.e., “breath” (blast or a breeze) – by analysis or fig. “a spirit” (by implication) “vital principle”, mental disposition etc. Or (superhuman) an angel, demon, or (divine) God, Christ’s Spirit – Holy. {This Greek term is translated spirit and ghost throughout the entire New Testament, including when in combination with holy. It is never translated “breath” and Rev. 13:15 is the only place it is translated “life”. Speech is by a current of air when breathing out. Try talking while inhaling air. Whatever is spoken as a “vital principle” requires a “mental disposition” which displays one’s character, which is the content of any individual’s mental disposition or human spirit. (Matt. 15:10-20) One can change the content of their mental disposition and character, but not one can change the color of their skin. (Jer. 13:23, Num. 12:1)}

*image (G1504) – eikon – likeness i.e. (lit.) statue, profile, or (fig.) representation, resemblance: – image. {Any document or decree that has some type of authority can be considered as a representation of something else, even a law or commandment, with a “likeness” unto that something in its original form or format. Instead of a statue, it would be like a statute or decree of substitution to an original something.}

*speak (G2980) – laleo – a prolonged form of an otherwise obsolete verb: to talk, i.e., utter words: – preach, say, speak (after), talk, tell, utter. From lego – Prime verb – lay forth, relate (in words). {Root verb for “Logos” – “Word” in John 1:1, Emanuel who became flesh – Jesus Christ.}

*causeth (G4160) – poieo – prolonged form of an obsolete prime: to make or do (more or less direct): – abide, + agree, appoint, x avenge, + band together, be, bear, + bewray, bring (forth), cast out, cause, commit, + content, continue, deal, + without any delay, (would) do, execute, exercise, fulfil, hold x keep. {This is not necessarily by force (more or less direct), because it is something that people agree to hold to and keep by their own commitment. They band together, agree to the cause, even appoint a presumed authoritative fulfilment or by the execution of a presumed authority, as will become evident in other definitions. To cause someone to do something does not necessarily require force when deception alone works well. Deception is something that is not forced. It’s just a good con job!}

*right (G1188) – dexios – the right side, hand.

*hand (G5495) – ehier – the hand, (lit. or fig.) [power] a means or instrument for grasping. {I grasp a hoe to weed the garden and am right handed. Most of us work (white collar or blue collar) with our hands whether we are right or left handed. Our instrument of power is the hand and we use it to perform work.}

*foreheads (G3359) – metopon – From G3326 and “ops” (the face); the forehead (as opposite the countenance): – forehead. (G3326) – mata – Prime preposition denoting “accomplishment”; “amid” (often used in composition in substantially the same relations of participation or proximity, and transfer or sequence.) {In context, it is the use of the intellect in remembering something and what to do with or about it – sequentially participating in the thing to be remembered. We think and remember with our forehead’s content, and work with our hands.}

*might (G1410) – dunamai – to be able or possible: – be able, can do or not do, could, may, might, be possible, be of power. {Does this not sound like something “optional” by choice? The English term “might” was added in translation in most all places as part of another definitive Greek verb’s definition throughout most of the New Testament. The only Greek terms used for “might” separately are as follows: (1410) – Rev. 13:17, 1 Thess. 2:6, Acts 26:32, 27:12, Mk. 14:5, Matt. 26:9. (1411) – dunamis – from 1410 – force, (lit. or fig.) specifically miraculous “power” (usually by implication a “miracle” itself.) used in: Eph. 1:21, 3:16, Col. 1:11, 2 Pet. 2:11. (2479) – ischus – force, forcefulness (lit. or fig.): – ability, might, mighty, power, strength. Used in Eph 6:10 & Rev. 7:12}

*buy (G59) – agorazo – From G58; properly to go to market, i.e. (by implication) to purchase; specifically, to redeem: – buy, redeem. (G58) – agora – from ageiro – to gather (probably akin to G1453); properly the town square (as a place of public resort) by implication a market or throughfare: – market (-place), street. (G1453) – egeiro – akin to the base of G58 (through the idea of collecting one’s faculties); to waken (trans. or intrans.) i.e., rouse – from sleep, sitting, lying… {The Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. (Mark 2:27-28, Exodus 20:8-11, 23:12, Leviticuus 23:23:3, Genesis 2:1-3) The Sabbath is a day to close up shop, put down the tools of trade and take the day off and rest. It is a day to thank God it is Friday (TGIF), for at sunset it is the Sabbath.}

*sell (G4453) – pioeo – probably, ultimately from deloma (to be busy, to trade); to barter (as a peddler) i.e., to sell: – sell, whatever is sold. {The buying and selling of “whatever is sold” is like normal business where business as usual is conducted daily, nonstop, unless chosen otherwise. Rest is necessary from work and business as usual, except in emergencies and acts of kindness, and duty of caring for others wellbeing. With most all resting from work and businesses closed for the sabbaths, there would be fewer emergencies to necessitate rotation of personnel for standby and being on call. Feeding the poor and hungry is always a good thing.}

*mark (G5480) – charagma – a scratch or etching, i.e., stamp (as a badge of servitude) or sculptured figure (statue). {Writing something on paper with ink is a form of “etching”. If the writing is a “decree” by some “official” with “authority”, whether perceived by the individual or granted by a “higher authority”, or “perceived to be granted”; and it is declared as “dogma” to be honored, then it becomes a “badge of servitude”. i.e. – a mark!}

*name (G3683) – onoma – a name (lit. or fig.) [authority, character]: – called, (+ sur-) name from a presumed derivative base of G1097 – ginosko – a prolonged form of a prime verb. To “know” (absolute) in a great variety of applications and with many implications, (as follows, with others not so clearly expressed.): – allow, be aware (of), feel, (have) know (-ledge), perceive, be resolved, can spear, be sure, understand. {“Be aware” of those with “surnames” who “feel or perceive” they have the “authority” over knowledge and understanding and “can spear and resolve” anything in law by a higher authority they “presume” to have!}

*number (G706) – arithmos – From G142 – a number (as reckoned up): – number. (G142) – airo – Prime verb. To lift; by implication to take up or away; fig. to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind) specifically to sail away i.e., weigh anchor {compare Hebrew 7375] to expiate sin: – away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take away (up). {Something was taken away, replaced with something else by a presumed authority that has something to do with remembering something that has to do with hands, and has kept it in suspense, apparently for a long time, through preaching that something which was changed by an earthly authority with nothing more than the “presumed” higher authority’s consent. What was it that was changed? Does it make any theological (philosophy of religion) difference? Col 2:8}

*count (G5585) – psephizo – to compute: – count. {Only place used in New Testament. It is simply a mathematical function of addition, which is one of the four functions.}

*man (G444) Anthropos – from G435 and “ops” (the countenance): – man – faced, i.e., a human being: – certain man. (G435) aner – Prime word – a man: – fellow, husband, man, sir. {This is mire men or a certain man that has “assumed authority” over another and placed themselves above something that was the original authority.}

There are two things that people will have when the day of the Lord arrives. He is coming as King of Kings and will subdue the nations. Everyone will be wearing some type of badge of servitude. Will it be the Lord’s seal or the mark of a man or manmade authority in opposition to the Lord’s? Which day did God make? (Gen. 2:2-3, Mk. 2:27-28) For more details on which day of the week should be kept as the Lord’s Sabbath, it is in the Holy Bible. There is more on the subject in Missing links, especially Chapter XI. Following are a few quotes used in Missing Links – Chapter XI:

(1) “The Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claim for sacredness can be defended only on Catholic authority. In Holy Scripture, from the beginning to the end, we find not one single text which justifies the transfer of the weekly public worship service from the last to the first day of the week.” (Catholic Press, Sidney, 8-25-1900)

(3) “It was the holy Catholic Church who transferred the rest day from Saturday to Sunday, the first day of the week…Which Church does the whole civilized world obey? The Protestants…acknowledge great reverence towards the Bible, and yet by celebrating the Sunday they acknowledge the authority of the Catholic Church. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy’, but the Catholic Church says, ‘No, keep the first day of the week holy!’ – and the entire world obeys her!” (Pater Enright on 12-15-1889)

(4) “The Sabbath, the best-known day of the law, was changed into the Lord’s day. These and others have not ceased because of instructions received from Christ, (because he himself says, I have not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it), but because due to the authority of the church they have been changed…” (Archbishop of Rheggio, Sermon 1-18-1562, Mansi 23, p.526)

(5) “The seventh-day Sabbath was kept by Christ and the apostles and was celebrated by the first Christians and acknowledged as such until it was abolished by the Laodicean Council. This council first settled the question about the Lord’s Day and forbade the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath under the issue of an Anathema (Curse).” (William Prynne, from “Dissertation on Lord’s Day”, pg. 32)

(6) “It was the holy Catholic Church who transferred the rest day from Saturday to Sunday, the first day of the week…Which Church does the whole civilized world obey? The Protestants…acknowledge great reverence towards the Bible, and yet by celebrating the Sunday they acknowledge the authority of the Catholic Church. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy’, but the Catholic Church says, ‘No, keep the first day of the week holy!’ – and the entire world obeys her!” (Pater Enright on 12-15-1889)

(7) “The celebration of Sunday has always been a man-made arrangement.” (Neanders Church History, Vol. 1, p.399)

Ezekiel 20

KJV(i) 1 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me. 2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying, 3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you. 4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers: 5 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God; 6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands: 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt. 9 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. 10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. 11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. 12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. 14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. 15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. 18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign (H226) between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God. 21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted (H2490) my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; 24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted (H2490) my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols. 25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; 26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD. 27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me. 28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings. 29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name whereof is called Bamah unto this day. 30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations? 31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you. 32 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. 33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. 37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: 38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. 40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. 41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. 42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. 43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. 44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. 45 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field; 47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein. 48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

*H226 – אות – ‘ôth – oth – Probably from H225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc. KJV Usage: mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.

>H225 – אוּת – ‘ûth – ooth – A primitive root; properly to come, that is, (impliedly) to assent. KJV Usage: consent.

*H2490 – חלל – châlal – khaw-lal’ – A primitive root (compare H2470); properly to bore, that is, (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one’s word), to begin (as if by an opening-wedge); denominatively (from H2485) to play (the flute) KJV Usage: begin (X men began), defile, X break, defile, X eat (as common things), X first, X gather the grape thereof, X take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

Have a restful and peaceful sabbath.

LOLGB+

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