You know my number, but do you know my name?
Do you know the name of the one called antichrist, the son of perdition? Right now no one does. But there are many that claim they do. No, I do not mean the 7th day Adventists with the Pope being the antichrist. These are those within the church who have outrageous theories about bloodlines and conspiracy texts.
John wrote, 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.”
John is writing to the individual (*not the church collectively) that exercising “wisdom” and “insight” one could “calculate the number of the Beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666. That is a number of a man’s name when deciphered.
This was obviously not for his first-century readers but for those who were living at the time when all these events Jesus spoke of in Mt.24 would all coincide and take place. Though there were those that assigned numbers to Nero, identifying him as the one. He was but a type not the fulfillment as certain characteristics were evident. Others taught that they were entering into the Tribulation or it was just about to arrive (As in the Shepherd of Hermas). What I have learned and stated many times, prophecy must be fulfilled as it is written or it is not fulfilled prophecy.
John did not have in mind those alive during the first century. Nor could first-century Christians identify a far-in the future individual that could fit the description[s]. It has to be convened at the time we are living in for numerous reasons.
In Prov. 30 “asks if you know the sons name, at the time they did not. They had to wait for the son’s incarnation and the name given by the angel Gabriel to Mariam to answer this. So it is with the last world ruler who will counterfeit the Christ of the Bible that comes as a world ruler over a system that everyone will be united in.
In the last days we find ourselves in the time – the season Jesus spoke of. It will be near the end of the latter days (the last 7 years spoken of in Daniel) that one can identify the false Christ, the son of perdition who will come in his own name.
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) He will be accepted as “the one”, a Christ for all religions not just Christianity of Judaism.
This name will have a correlation to a numerical system identified with the world ruler at a certain period of time that is to proceed the second coming of Christ.
The interpretation of the mark is given by five points in verses 17-18:
The name of the Beast;
The number of his name;
The number of the Beast;
The number of a man;
The number is 666. So how can we know his number that will also be his name?
Following through this logical progression, the number of the beast is also the number of a man because the Antichrist will be a man who will be the last ruler of the fourth Gentile Empire that Daniel mentions. A man who will be fully influenced and possessed by the supernatural creature who has always wanted to rule over mankind, the fallen Cherub, Satan, the first sinner/rebel in Gods kingdom.
Just as he used a creature to speak to Eve to deceive her to abide by his words he will use another human to speak through and deceive to control the world.
This number is the number of his name, the man who is called the Beast. And the numerical value of his name is added up to 666. There are twenty two letters in the Hebrew
alphabet. Their order of numerical value are as follows: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, and 400.
Whatever this person’s name is, added in Hebrew characters, its numerical value will be 666, he will be the Antichrist. Now we must understand there are others whose name may add up to this number, so there are other qualifications used to identify him. First and foremost- being a beloved world ruler.
Those who reject the gospel in the first half of the Tribulation are the ones who will later be deceived by the power and lying signs and wonders of Satan who through the Son of perdition,
Deceives those who dwell on the earth (Rv. 13:14). It is by power he will convince the masses that he is the one sent by God, the Messiah of the world not just by his speech.
The Mark of the Beast issued will not only be the seal for those who worship him, it will also be the numerical value of the personal name of the Antichrist, showing whom they have allegiance to.
This will all be accomplished by the middle of the Tribulation period. These are those who will accept the Antichrist's claims of deity as he finally declares himself God in the newly rebuilt Jewish temple in Israel (that’s right, it will be rebuilt).
He will rule over the kings of the earth for a short period, the deceived are worshipping him, his image (that itself will speak). Whether this is made by digital technology or supernatural or both is not apparent for now.
Rev 13:8 “ All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
The believers living in this time period who know the Scripture will recognize him and not be deceived, willing to lose their life will gain then promised eternal life “ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rv 12:11)
“He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.” (Rv.13:15-16)
Again, this could not be done without technology, which does not discount some type of supernaturalism as well)
Similarly Dan. 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits.
Dan 3:5-6 that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up; and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."
Revelation 13-14 teaches that once a person has taken the mark of the beast, the number or his name that person has reached a point of no return. They are sold on this person being the messiah, the solution to the world. No one who takes these will have any opportunity to be saved, in fact they will be utterly condemned.
It is for ones best interest and safety to understand what they can in prophecy to know what the events mean as they unfold.