You know his number
Rev 13:18 “ Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666”
We are told what the number of the Beast is but do you know his name? According to the Bible we cann0t know this until a certain time in his revealing. And that comes in the Tribulation period. Yet this does not stop people from guessing, speculating, calculating who the false messiah (antichrist) is, even by human lineage.
John writes to the individual (*not the church collectively) that from exercising “wisdom” and “insight” one could “calculate the number of the Beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.”
This was obviously not for his first-century readers for those who were living at the time as the events he wrote of did not take place. The timing is crucial to have the Beast to be identified. Though there are those that assigned numbers to Nero, identifying him as the one who fulfilled this, they are wrong, he was not the fulfillment. Others taught that they were entering into the Tribulation or it was just about to arrive. As I have said many times, prophecy must be fulfilled as it is written or it is not fulfilled prophecy. You cannot base it on only Scripture but all the Scripture pertaining to it.
John writing this did not have in mind those alive during the first century could know. Nor could first-century Christians identify so far in the future this individual. This name will have a correlation to a numerical system which is in Hebrew, as this language has numbers attached to the 22 letters in the alphabet.
This number will identify a world leader at a certain period of time (that has 10 others ruling under him; Rev.13:1;17:12) and it proceeds the second coming of Christ as it is at the very end of the age of the Gentiles, (he will be the last Gentile ruler). In trying to identify the man, the number of his name, the man called the Beast one also must include the other descriptions and activities of this man in Scripture to be accurate in his identification, not just use the number.
In the same manner Prov. 30 asks if you know the sons name? At the time they did not. They had to wait for the incarnation and the name given by the angel Gabriel to Mariam to answer this.
The European Union headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium, which houses a huge computer system called “the Beast.” Because it was called the Beast it was accepted by some prophecy teachers as fulfilling Scripture. However, the Beast of the Scripture is a person, not a machine. The computers name Beast was an acronym for the “Belgian Electronic Accounting Surveillance Terminal.”
Prince Charles name was said to equal 666 (and let’s not forget the proof of his bloodline). Add up Ronald Wilson Reagan who had six letters in each name therefore it was concluded that he was the Beast. As too William Jefferson Clinton we were told added up numerically to 666. Aleister Crowley was an Occultist and an evil man who was nickname the Beast, he accepted this name. But that did not mean he actually was the Beast!
Bill Gates (III), where “III” means the order of third (3rd.) By converting the letters of his current name to the ASCII-values along with (III), you supposedly got 666 W I N D O W S 9 5. This Kooky calculation eventually crumbled and is now in the forgotten mist of history.
Radio station with 666 KHz is the Beast frequency. The highway of the Beast is Route 666. Anything with this number was suspect, even if you got $6.66 in change you took the mark! Really it was absurd how far off the cliff some went with this! And some do not use this time of what was said to learn what not to do, they continue doing it today.
It has to be convened at the time in the last days those who find themselves in the season Jesus spoke of as near the end of the latter days. As David speaks in Ps. 2:1-3 “ Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us. ”
Thus a unity of nations liken to Babel that is formed.
As Jesus warned “ I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.” (John 5:43)
Jesus tells us the false Christ, the son of perdition will come in his own name, the number is one way to confirm his person.
And we are told at a certain point during the tribulation period the whole world will receive him.
Rv. 13:7-9 “ authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lam b slain from the foundation of the world.”
Only Christians who have been born again, twice born will reject him. This is why Jesus commends them at Pergamos and Philadelphia Rev 2:13 and you hold fast to My name
Rv. 3:8 You have kept My word, and have not denied My name"
Rv. 13:17-18 explains there are three identifications issued, possibly having to do with loyalty.
1) who has the mark or 2) the name of the beast, or 3) the number of his name.
“…for the last three and half years of the Tribulation with an unthought of tyranny and despotism (Daniel 7:25). With ruthless inconsideration for others and an abnormal craving for human esteem, he will demand the absolute worship of himself. He will inaugurate a regime so that no one can buy or sell, or have any type of commercial transaction without his consent. At that time the password will be 666 or the number of a man (Read carefully Revelation 13 and 17). For the last three and a half years of the Tribulation, he will hold high carnival in dominating man — body, soul, and spirit. His despotism will go so very far that he will actually destroy everything that is not in agreement with his plans and purposes.” (Biblical Research Society David l. Cooper posted on Ariel.org)
Those who reject the actual gospel in the first half of the Tribulation are the ones who will later be able to be deceived from the persuasion , power and lying signs and wonders of Satan through the Son of perdition, who is the Beast.
By the middle of the Tribulation period they will accept the Antichrist's claims of deity as he declares himself God in the rebuilt Jewish temple in Jerusalem (Mt.24:15). This is key to the last 3 ½ years commencing and the worst period in earth’s sordid history. He persecutes those who hold the teaching of the true God.
He will rule over the kings of the earth for a short period, all the deceived are worshipping him, and his image. By taking his mark, his name or the number (which means they are not the same thing) they will have the assurance of their continuing to buy and sell and live as they once did (Rv.13:17). Certainly none of this occurred in the first century and not today, it is still future, close or far. For this to occur a whole world system needs to be implemented and working in all nations.
At this time when he is revealed in the temple he declares himself to be God This beast who is the Antichrist forbids the nations of the world to worship any of their gods, demanding that they worship him only (Rv.13:11). His assistant, the second beast (the false prophet Rv.19:20), issues a decree that all shall take the mark of the beast upon their foreheads or their hands.
Rv. 13-14 teaches that once a person has taken the mark of the beast, that person has reached an eclipse of conscience from which there is no return. No one who takes the mark of the beast will have any opportunity to be saved, in fact they will be utterly condemned as God’s wrath is unleashed. (Rv.14:9-12). Taking of the mark is unforgiveable. There is no repentance just as the sin of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit was unforgivable for Israel when Christ was present among the people.
Rev 14:11 “ the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
They will suffer forever but those who keep his name remain faithful and true to the Lord as overcomers, a blessing is promised to them.
Rv. 17:8 “ and those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world ”
Rv. 13:4-5 “ they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.”
No one dares to challenge him, the dragon who is Satan is the power behind him. The beast is a man who lacks human character but has the life of the Satan controlling him. Not only is he captivating with signs and wonders (2 Thess.2), he is a warrior who cannot be conquered by man. But the lamb will come as a lion to destroy him.
John also saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as worshipped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
Only those written in the book of life can resist this power of deception.
None of this has, or is taking place, but is reserved for a certain point in the future. Certainly technology had to be invented for it to come to pass for him to have this control over all and have the prophecies make sense. We are moving forward to that time that God has reserved.