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Mark of the Beast
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All of those buttons worked because all of those suggestions apply to what folks have been taught. So let's explore it a little further, by beginning with Strong's definitions, to first consider just what the "whole world", may consist of:

New Testament Greek Definition:
3625 oikoumene {oy-kou-men'-ay}
feminine participle present passive of 3611 (as noun, by implication of 1093); TDNT - 5:157,674; n f
AV - world 14, earth 1; 15
1) the inhabited earth
1a) the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in
distinction from the lands of the barbarians
1b) the Roman empire, all the subjects of the empire
1c) the whole inhabited earth, the world
1d) the inhabitants of the earth, men
2) the universe, the world

Thus, through an "ethnographic hermeneutic" scripture is about God's people, and the Holy Land and surrounding area, rather than being about Peoria Illinois. This may be particularly important in our approach to the book of Revelation when we consider what John was assigned to do:

Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

So John is writing about the things which were, are and shall be, to John in the first century - about John's "whole world" of the Middle East and the Holy Land. That is, "the portion of the earth inhabited by the Greeks, in distinction from the lands of the barbarians" "the Roman empire, all the subjects of the empire". Here's what the spiritual condition of John's "whole world" looks like today:

So let's see what we might be able to conclude about "the mark of the beast" through the conservative approach of this ethnographic hermeneutic.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Breaking the verse down element by element:

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken,..." As explored on a prior page the false prophet Muhammad's Islamic kingdom is a good fit for the "beast", with his followers all perfectly united in the spirit of antichrist by Muhammad through the Quran, and as conquerors, subjugators, oppressors, persecutors and terrorist murderers of YHWH's people.

"... and with him..." Daniel assigned the masculine gender to his kingdom "beasts": "...and his nails ..... stamped the residue with his feet:"

"...the false prophet..." The false prophet Muhammad, Satan's messenger, who founded his antichrist Islamic kingdom "beast". The definite article "the" occurs in the Koine Greek, and the term "false prophet" is never used metaphorically.

"...that wrought miracles..." Some reject Muhammad as THE false prophet because he did not perform a single miracle, however the Koine Greek word "semeion" translated as "miracles" and "signs", is defined in Strong's as a "sign, mark, token" and "that by which a person is distinguished from others and is known". That makes Mohammed a perfect fit for the false prophet since he is his known for his Quran, and has without question been distinguished from others by it, for 1400 years, with 1/4 of mankind in the world following him today. Muhammad's Quran is the "semeion" that he "wrought" before his followers - Muslims - the "beast".

"...before him,..." From Strong's "before" meaning "in the presence of" the beast - followers of Muhammad.

"...with which he deceived them..." Muhammad's followers - Muslims.

"...that had received the mark..."
We learn in Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast {Islam - Muslim}, or the number {666} of his name.

As we can see from that verse a physical mark is not required since all that is necessary is for one to have the "name" of the beast - Islam. Many suggest the mark in the forehead represents thoughts, and in the right hand representing actions, which could be valid as well as demonstrated through Islamic terror attacks. Simply doing their best to follow one of the most consummate - and conveniently self-admitted - terrorists in the history of mankind.

Quran Sura 8:12 I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them

Regarding a physical mark, how will the "seal of God" be physically manifest in the foreheads of God's people? Rev 9:4.....but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. By a different computer chip? Regarding buying and selling, the tiny non-Muslim remnant in the Middle East that is being persecuted and murdered, is increasingly precluded from engaging in commerce. The video is an interview with Brigette Gabriel and her testimony as to what life became like for Christians, in previously Christian-majority Lebanon.

At least that's the lot of those that live outside of Israel, where the freedom, liberty and the right to self-determination of Israeli Jews, Christians and non-Muslim Arabs as well as Israeli Muslims, are protected by the democracy of the Israeli Jewish State. Where Muslims also enjoy more freedom than they do in any Muslim controlled country on earth.

For anyone unnecessarily obsessed with a physical mark, consider the prayer marks and bumps in Muhammad's followers foreheads, from prostrating themselves toward the Quraish pagan's black stone idol in Mecca five times a day with their foreheads pressed to the ground while praying in the "vain repetitions of the heathen" as the scriptures refer to it, in the names of the pagan Arabian deity "Allah" and his "messenger" Muhammad.

Continuing with our subject verse:

"...of the beast,..." The Islamic empire

"... and them..."  Muslims

"...that worshipped his image." Today's Islam and Second Jihad, are the image of the First Islamic Jihad, and the beast's ambition to conquer all the kingdoms of the world, and subjugate all people to Muhammad's followers. Jihad is the pinnacle of worship in Islam.

"These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Though written in the figurative language of a prophetic vision it doesn't seem to spell a picnic. Can it get any worse than that? Perhaps so:

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them..." "them" the followers of Muhammad alone, within his Islamic kingdom "beast"

"...was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast..." Muhammad's Islamic empire

"...and the false prophet..." Muhammad

"...[are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Serious business indeed. While written in the figurative language of a prophetic vision, tormented forever and ever without rest in a lake of fire and brimstone, definitely doesn't suggest a picnic. Being cast into the lake of fire will presumably happen at the resurrection of the dead.

Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

Through this ethnographic hermeneutic we find that with the exception of those located in the tiny little strip of land of Israel protected by the democracy of the Israeli Jewish State, almost the entirety of John's "whole world" has already been marked by the name of the beast today! That name is Islam! That would suggest that John's prophecy of the mark of the beast is fulfilled prophecy! Wouldn't that also be a more conservative approach, since it indicates a possibility, that Jesus could return in final judgment this very day? Are you ready for "the day of the Lord"?

Is it really such a surprise when we find that 1/4 of mankind in the world today - 1.5 billion people - follow the false prophet Muhammad, as we watch the Muslim Brotherhood consolidating Islamic power, while the leader of Iran, Achmed Ahmadinejad, is about to have the nuke? A man who believes he is personally called to create a period of bloodshed, mayhem and misery unprecedented in human history, to usher in Islam's phony Mahdi or 12th Imam.

From the map we can see that almost everyone in John's "whole world" has already been conquered by the "beast" and follows the false prophet Muhammad. Today the tiny remnant of Jews and Christians in those Islamic countries are being wiped out by the Muslim Brotherhood, as churches like this one in Egypt, are burned.

In Saudi Arabia, if a Muslim announces they have come to know the love of the one true God through Jesus Christ, they are beheaded. The penalty prescribed for "apostasy", or a Muslim turning away from Islam for any reason, is death. The ultimate exit penalty and hallmark of a dangerous cult, whether the crime syndicate of the Mafia, or the false prophet Muhammad's Mafia.

What is the number of the "beast" supposed to be?