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As the Script has unfolded to reveal God’s plan for the future, more has also been made known about the distant past. Much of the Bible is written in a way that links elements of the past with current and future events. That is because history repeats itself and God draws parallels between events from different periods of time. Mankind repeatedly makes the mistakes of prior generations, and similar errors were made by certain angels before we existed.

The books of Isaiah and Ezekiel were written between two and three thousand years after the early chapters of Genesis, but they provide behind the scenes information from a time before the fall of man. Chapter fourteen of Isaiah draws a parallel between the fall of an angel called Lucifer (14:12-14), and the ruler of Babylon. “Lucifer” is the Latin version of the Hebrew name “Heylel” (ref. “Heylel” in my Dec. 2011 archives).

Lucifer said, “I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will be like the most High.” In verses thirteen and fourteen in many Bible translations, the Hebrew word “alah,” is translated as “ascend.” There’s nothing in particular wrong with the word “alah,” but there is something very wrong with an attitude of such altitude. In his quest to rise to dominion over the other angels and to take the place of God, Lucifer became the being known as Satan (Adversary).

In Ezekiel 28:2, a parallel is drawn between the ruler of Tyrus (Tyre), who has called himself “a God,” and a fallen angel (Ezekiel 28:14) called “the cherub that covers.” These chapters of the Bible also contain veiled references to the Antichrist who will rule the earth for a short time before the return of Jesus (See parts 1-5 of “Antichrist’s Control” in my May 2011, and June 2011 archives). Other angels followed Satan in attacking God and fell from their God-given habitations. Like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden; at one time they had it all, but they lost everything by endlessly coveting more.

The way to paradise is a humble path. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus is the way (John 14:6). We can’t become gods, or become like God, by ascending anything, and that includes our “tree of knowledge.” Ascending the steps of this world’s hierarchies may be the way to go places in the temporal realm but it gets us nowhere with God.

The word “alah” is similar to Hebrew words for a holocaust or burnt offering (something going up in smoke), a stairway, and a leaf on a tree. The spelling of the words was the same before the invention of Hebrew vowel symbols, and the word “alah” can describe a violent ascent as well as a progressive one. Lucifer’s words in Isaiah 14:13 could be paraphrased as, “I will go up like a rocket.” Jesus said in Luke 10:18, “I beheld Satan, as lightning fall from heaven.” In defending the universe from Lucifer, a swift reaction from God seems to indicate that Satan’s strike against him was swift.

I think we need to be open to the possibility that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2-4 were fallen angels (ref. my previous post). The primary meaning of the Hebrew word “Nephilim” is “the fallen ones,” though it can be translated as “giants,” or “tyrants.” A literal reading of Genesis 6:4 makes it sound as if there was definitely something different about the children of the sons of God and the daughters of men.

Some ancient writings apart from the Bible make it sound as if scientific experimentation was taking place in these “marriages,” perhaps in an attempt to lengthen the lifespan of a hybrid individual. It is right in the middle of these strange verses, in Genesis 6:3, where we learn that God was forced to shorten the lifespan of man (ref. “Wandering With God,” in my July 2012 archives).

Much of the mystery of the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-4 may be due to our lack of knowledge about what fallen angels could, or could not do. A study of angels in the Bible seems to indicate they can do about anything that they choose within limits set by God. One thing they can certainly do is deceive us if we don’t believe God.

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I want to share a little more information about the Antichrist’s mark before I switch to something else. The “Symbol” font is installed with the operating system on most computers. In the Symbol font, when you type “c,” it gives you the x-shaped Greek Chi (χ=600). Shift C gives an uppercase Chi (Χ). Typing an x gives you the Greek xi (ξ=60). Shift X is the uppercase XI (Ξ). Shift V gives you a symbol that can be taken for “stigma,” (ς=6). This symbol is probably intended to be the final sigma, since “stigma” is an obsolete letter. I don’t know whether that is revealing or only confusing. Typing a v without the shift key gives you an alternate “pi” symbol used in astronomy for “longitude of perihelion.” I don’t see any connection in that to the subject here. The v, as you know, would also be the key to represent the sound of “Vau” or “Digamma.”

The Symbol font is set up to accurately represent the Greek alphabet, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Sometimes however, computer programmers and engineers have toyed around with symbols and symbolism taken from the Bible. I assume that’s mostly just a game, and I don’t want to get too far off base. Does the fact that there are .cxv computer file extensions mean anything? It might mean absolutely nothing, and there are many such things that seem silly to mention. I think the purpose of some things is to cause those who mention them to appear silly. It is probable however, that some of this stuff will play into the hands of the antichrist.

I do want to mention that while I believe Antichrist will be a secular leader, Islam yet plays a major role. An Islamic mosque sits in the area where the Jewish temple once stood, and at least some within Islam believe that 666 represents the Quran. You can find some information on this by googling “666 and Quran.” Most of what you’ll find is confusing, but there is at least a segment of Islamic society that would welcome the mark. Some of them try to assign a post-Islamic date to the book of Revelation. Remember however, it is the Revelation that has warned us concerning the coming of the mark. You would have heard nothing about the mark of the beast if not for the Revelation.

Many Christians believe, as I do, that the Jewish Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem. A literal reading of 2nd Thessalonians 2:4 sounds as if Antichrist will physically take God’s place in the Temple. There are many things in life that you can’t see clearly until you are looking back. I don’t know when the antichrist will appear, or how to put together all the clues scattered throughout the Bible. I don’t know of any person who does.

The study of this subject is one of the things that led me to become a Christian, because I could see that it will happen. The world will go ahead with this, perhaps thinking that nothing will actually happen, and Christianity will finally be disproven. It will be a great shock to them to find they’ve proved it to be true instead. The Bible predicts a time when the world’s citizens will not be permitted to buy or sell without having a special verification mark. In some manner, that mark will translate as 666. As you look around and see the stage being set, consider how remarkable that particular Biblical prophecy is. The world will force God to a showdown on this. How surprised they’ll be when the Lord shows up. “All that call upon the name of Jesus (Acts 2:21) shall be saved.”

I called this series of posts “Antichrist’s Control,” because I wanted to emphasize the controlling nature of man, and the Antichrist in particular. We see so much happening, and yet we know we could not be seeing it all. Plans that chart the course of nations begin in meetings behind closed doors. These events could be just around the corner, or yet far into the future. Today is the best day to call upon the name of the Lord.

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There are several ways to keep the world in the dark about the mark of the beast. You can teach that it has already been fulfilled by Nero, or some other Roman emperor. That will keep some people from recognizing the mark. Some churches teach that interpretation. You could have others expecting the Arabic numerals 666 visibly tattooed on the hand. While they’re looking in that direction, you could talk them into investing in microchip technology. The billions of dollars already invested will keep the world from turning back.

I’ve mentioned that some interpreters think the Greek word “epi” in Revelation 13:16 means the mark must be visible on the skin. According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word used was “en,”  usually meaning “in.” I’ve tried to verify the Strong’s, but all the manuscripts I’ve seen use the word “epi.” That doesn’t mean a lot however, because the word “epi” can also be translated as “in,” depending upon sentence structure. I have a copy of the Septuagint, and there are many places where “epi” is translated in such a way. In some places the word “on” could have been substituted, but others would have to read “in.”

Please note that I am not saying the mark cannot be the visible Arabic numerals. I am saying that some form of the original Greek numerals seems to make more sense. The Antichrist can point out that we have been using the Greek symbols in many ways for ages. The Antichrist will be the perfect politician. He’ll seem to have all the answers.

According to Daniel 7:25, he will attempt to change “times and laws.” Rulers always attempt to change existing laws and to enact their own, so this sounds like something different. I think the laws spoken of are scientific laws, or “laws of nature.” I believe he’ll try to make these changes through the miracles of science. Some scientists believe that someday we’ll be able to extend our lives well beyond a hundred years, and perhaps indefinitely (Ref. part 1 of “Death” in my Dec. 2010 archive, and part 2 of “Life,” April 2010 archive).

Many people interpret certain Bible verses to teach that at some point the Antichrist will undergo some sort of resurrection. The Bible definitely teaches that the Antichrist will give life to an image of some sort. Antichrist will likely promise extended life to those who accept his mark. That will look pretty good considering the alternative of not being able to buy or sell.

There is a link between the Greek Chi (χ or 600), and the oriental Chi (qi). There’s more than one Chinese logogram for Chi (the life force), but those I’ve seen have three horizontal slash marks in common, very much like the uppercase Greek Xi (Ξ is uppercase, and ξ is lower). (Xi is the Greek numeral for 60). Somewhere in the distant past, there is also a language link to “Chay,” a Hebrew word for life.

Daniel 11:36 says that the Antichrist will exalt himself above everything that is called God (ref. 2nd. Thessalonians 2:3-4). Daniel 11:38, (KJV) says the Antichrist will serve a strange god, a “God of forces.” Rulers have always exulted in power, so I don’t believe this will simply be military might and control. I believe that Antichrist will worship the forces of science. Science is the vehicle taking us in that direction. Crime and Terrorism are chasing us. Secularism is in the driver’s seat, and Religion is giving its approval. The forces that will bring Antichrist to power seem to all be in place.

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I’m going to cheat a little in depicting the Greek numerals for 666 (χξς). WordPress gives you access to custom characters. The Chi symbol (χ or 600) is available, as is the Xi symbol (ξ or 60 ). Stigma is not available, so I have used the “final Sigma” ( ς for 6) instead. There’s very little difference from Stigma, depending upon who draws them. The obsolete letter Stigma, pronounced stau (st), was a combination (ligature) of the letters Sigma (s), and Tau (t). A different ligature of these two letters serves as 6 in the modern Greek.

The obsolete Greek letters Digamma and Vau (Waw) have also been used for 6, and although they have different shapes, the Stigma shape was, at least sometimes, used to represent them as a numeral. It’s difficult to make sense of some of this information. Some of it seems to be camouflage, making it more difficult to grasp what we’re seeing. Nevertheless, it is part of the picture.

“Vaw” in the Hebrew language is used for the numeral 6, as “Vau” is used in Greek. Both Vau and Vaw serve as a “W,” thus WWW, the initials of the World Wide Web, could be considered the same as three sixes. That’s another one of those “coincidences.” Strictly speaking, the mark of the Beast is six hundred and sixty-six, and not simply three sixes.

One thing we don’t want to do is to become so dogmatic in our interpretations that we fail to recognize the real thing when it occurs. That’s why most people didn’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah when he visited Earth. That may partially explain why the church has withheld information about this. On the one hand you have the wild interpretations, with different groups going off on one tangent or another, and on the other hand you have the silent majority. They either don’t know what to think, or are afraid of appearing radical themselves.

This results in very little open discussion leading to understanding. The Bible calls Satan the author of confusion. Whenever you find confusion, either within the church or outside its walls, Satan is involved. Silence can sometimes communicate as much confusion as a babel of disagreement.

The X symbol is used in many ways. I’m only going to list enough of them to prove my point. The shape of the “X” comes from the ancient letter “Tau” which means mark. There are X-rated movies. The NC-17 designation was intended to lessen the stigma attached to the X rating. X indicates a wrong answer, and it stands for the unknown. In the XXXOOO of love letter lingo (kisses and hugs), X stands for kiss. Some people think it stands for the hug, but it’s probably kiss because the sound of the Greek letter Xi (ksi) is similar to the word “kiss.”

Some people don’t think of the X in Xmas in a negative way, but to me it seems negative. It is true that X is the first letter of the word Christ in Greek, but X is much more representative of Antichrist. It doesn’t take much extra time and space to write the name Christ instead of substituting an X. Someone has noted that “Christ,” and the name of the Antichrist, both begin with X and end with st, but the other letters of the names are different. A name directly related to the sound of the Greek letters χξς would be at least two syllables long, and probably three.

“X” is used in transactions involving our Soc. Sec. #’s, Credit Card #’s, etc. to hide some of the digits. What you’ll see on a paper copy of such transactions will be xxx-xx-xx12, for example. Sometimes an asterisk, either a pentagram (5 points), or a hexagram (6 points), is used instead of X. Hitler’s swastika is essentially an X-shape. “X” is the symbol for multiplication, and has other functions in math and computer programing.

In Biology “X” indicates a hybrid. “Chi” is used to stand for Computer-Human-Interaction, and there are various Chi groups that study that interaction. I think that if time were to go on long enough, man would eventually become a sort of computer-human hybrid (see part 2 of “Life” in my April 2010 archive). When mankind accepts the mark, it will allow Antichrist to exercise censorship to a degree never before possible.

I don’t know to what degree that science would eventually be able to control the human brain, if time progressed far enough. If God didn’t intervene to keep it from happening, it may even be possible to electronically block “undesirable” thought patterns. In each of these posts, I’m not only trying to share information, but also an awareness of the danger our world is getting itself into. Speaking of the delusion that’s ahead for the world, Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived. “X” is neither the way, nor the way out. It is critical to understand that accepting Jesus is going to be the only escape.

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He causeth all…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, or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16-17). I quoted these words from the King James Version of Revelation 13:16-17 for a reason. Some are preaching that the Bible says the mark will be “on” the hand, and not “in” the hand. They go on to teach that the mark must be a visible mark upon the skin for that reason.

The KJV obviously uses the word “in,” as do several of the earliest English translations. Even if the intended word is “on,” that wouldn’t necessarily mean that it couldn’t be under the skin or invisible to the eye. The Greek word “charagma,” that’s used here, conveys the idea of a mark that is etched, or scratched into something, so it could be taken either way. People could be terribly mislead if they think the “mark of the beast” must be the Arabic numerals 666 tattooed, or stamped upon the skin.

The book of Revelation was written in Greek, and the Greek numerals for 666 were used. Some manuscripts write it out as six hundred and sixty-six (hexakosioi hexekonta hex), but I don’t think that makes much difference. I don’t know why the church has been so secretive about some of this information, and I want to try to look into that a little later. There is always the possibility of instable persons reacting the wrong way to information, and that’s a concern. It was necessary however, for God to include information about the antichrist in the Bible as a warning.

Some Christians who have publicly mentioned these symbols, seem to hold a wrong interpretation about their use. Apparently they believe these scriptures have already been fulfilled by the Roman Caesars. There have been several people, including Hitler, who seem to have partially fulfilled these prophecies. Even though there are “many antichrists”, according to the Bible, yet there is only one who will qualify as “the” Antichrist. His rule will bring the age of man to a close.

The Greek symbols themselves have been used in a lot of ways. It’s almost as if mankind has been toying with them down through history. I’m not going to try to depict these symbols today. Instead, I’m going to try to do an overview in this post, and then work on more detail later. (Note: Wikipedia has a good article on the Greek alphabet) The symbols themselves represent both letters and numerals, and can therefore be considered a mark, a number, and a name at the same time. The letters are all consonants, but I’m sure vowels would have been supplied if they were needed to understand the passage.

The first symbol is the Greek letter Chi. Chi represents the number 600, and has the shape of an X. I’ve seen both uppercase and lowercase shapes used for the first two symbols, but I’m not sure if that’s totally correct. The Greek “X” does not have the same sound as the English X. Chi is most often pronounced as K according to Webster’s, since perfectly correct pronunciation is difficult for the English tongue. The X-shape itself, comes from a letter of the Phoenician alphabet called “Tau,” which means “mark.” So X actually means mark. The t-shape was also used at one time, and it continues to be called tau in the Greek alphabet.

Also according to Webster’s, the sound of our X is more directly related to the Greek letter Xi (ksi), which is the symbol for sixty. The uppercase Xi is represented by three horizontal lines with flares on the ends of each of them. The lowercase symbol could be mistaken for a capital letter E, written in cursive. Either form of Xi could be taken for an E.

The Greek symbol for 6 is an obsolete letter called stigma, and is similar to the shape of an S, but with a much smaller hook on the bottom. The Roman word for six is sex, and that is a place where someone could strike out on a tangent. I don’t know exactly how that came to be, but if you look at the reversed order of the Greek numerals for 666, you could read them as the word “sex,” if you didn’t know better. I think this is like a lot of other “coincidences” involving the mark. This sort of thing can serve as a diversionary tactic that causes us to grow accustomed to something.

The word “stigma” also means mark, and in medical terminology refers to a marker, or an indicator of a disease. I don’t think it’s only coincidence that microchips embedded in the human body are being used in the diagnosis of disease. The Biblical prophecy of the “Mark of the Beast” (Antichrist) is going to be fulfilled. It isn’t a question of if, but when. I can’t tell you who, when, or exactly how, but there’s plenty going on to let us know that it will happen.

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It is probably the most visible fulfillment of prophecy ever, and it’s happening now. You can’t see exactly how far off it is, but at this point, there’s no turning back. It’s like moving in a huge crowd of people. You have to take these short, fast little steps. The crowd moves you and if you were to fall, you would be trampled. Step by step, the world is setting the stage for the rule of the Antichrist.

The Bible predicts a world where no one will be able to legally buy or sell without some sort of computer chip embedded in the forehead, or right hand. We don’t know how advanced the final system will actually be, but it will allow a wireless connection for the citizens of the world. The world in our day is working to make it happen.

The “mark” does not have to be visible. It probably won’t be. It makes sense that it would be in a standardized location on our body, to be easily located by a scanner. Eventually that location will be the forehead, or the right hand. The “mark” will serve as a personal ID, and will allow merchants and others to access funds or information about you as needed. I’m sure that those who receive the mark will be promised some degree of anonymity, but that will only depend upon who’s wanting to know something about you. The person at the top will have access to everything, and people will have no more freedom than he allows them.

In many places, livestock are already being chipped so that diseased animals can be traced. You can’t really argue that anything is wrong with that, and you seem forced to take that little step. For several years, pets have been receiving chips as an aid in tracing them if they’re lost. You can’t argue with that either. Computer chips are also used as a medical alert for people with particular medical problems. That will no doubt save lives. I’ve heard at least one Church leader advising Christians to buy stocks in these biochip companies. I don’t think that’s a good idea, even if it is a good financial investment, because it will eventually lead to the enslavement of the world.

I’m not giving any secrets away here. Anyone who has put a little thought into it will already be aware of the practical uses of such a system. If the leaders of the nations can monitor every transaction by every person, (even bartering) then they can control practically everything. Sooner or later, everyone will be required to have a scanner on their cellphone or computer to access the Internet. The chip in your hand or forehead will be read before you’ll be allowed access, and any related restrictions will be applied. In that way, the world government can monitor its citizens.

I think the Egyptian government of Mubarak would love to have had such a system in place prior to his recent overthrow. Khadafi must also regret the way the Libyan people were able to use the internet to organize against him. You’d better believe the leaders of the nations will soon exercise greater control over the Internet.

In a way the Internet may be considered one of the last bastions of freedom, but it will one day be used to control the peoples of the earth. There’s been some controversy recently over Apple and Google phones tracking their users. There’s a lot more going on than you or I know. I’ve recently had to try to cope with computer viruses, and malware that restricts your ability to search for information or help. Search queries are redirected to a site other than you request. Some “legitimate” businesses are resorting to use of these tactics. The object is to let you see only what they want you to see.  Sales-personnel could be using such tactics without the knowledge of management. Governments will be able to do a much more thorough job of blocking your access to information.

I don’t want anyone to be alarmed by this post, but I would like for everyone to understand where current trends are taking us. Don’t expect the “mark of the beast” to be the Arabic numerals 666 tattooed on your hand. The book of Revelation was written in Greek, and Greek numerals were used. That makes the situation a lot more complex. I pray to be able to post something about these numerals in “part 2” within the next week. There is a link at my home page of this blog to “Mistree.” I have a page there with some rough charts on the Greek letter-numerals if someone is interested.

Jesus is going to be the only way out of the mess the world is getting itself into. We need him to also guard our minds in these things. Please take note that I am not saying the biochip in use at the present time is the mark of the beast. I am pointing out the steps the world is taking toward the destiny foretold in the Bible.

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