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The most fearful, awesome, shocking language in all the book of Revelation is used in speaking of the mark of the beast.
To read how God describes the punishment for those who receive the mark of the beast (Rev. 14:9-11) is enough to immediately put a sober look on any person’s face.
Revelation points out the following specifically:
a. Any person who receives the mark is lost.
b. The majority of people on earth will accept this mark.
c. Civil authorities will try to compel people to be so marked.
What will be your choice?!
God teaches in Revelation that all people on this earth are rapidly dividing into two groups: one group following the God of Heaven, and the other following satan, who is represented by the beast. Those who follow God will receive the sign or number of God (see Lesson 10). Those who follow satan, represented by the beast, will receive the mark of the beast.
Tragically, unless a person knows for certain what the mark of the beast is, he will inevitably end up with this dreadful mark. Are you positive that you can identify the mark of the beast? Anything less can cost you your life!
This subject may cut across something you have loved from childhood. It may make you uncomfortable, among other things, but, since God lovingly sent us this special message from Revelation, we should all be anxious to hear and follow His counsel. This is what Jesus asks us to do in Rev. 1:3.
The Beast of Revelation 13:1-10
1. What does a beast represent in prophecy? Daniel 7:23.
“The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom.”
Note: Beasts in prophecy represents kingdoms, governments or earthly ruling organizations.
2. The beast comes out of the sea. In prophecy what does water mean?
Rev.13:1; 17:15
“The waters … are peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues.”
Note: In prophecy water represents the people of the world.
3. Nine points identify the beast. What are they? Rev. 13:1 - 10.
1. Receives power, seat and authority from the dragon (Rev. 13:12).
2. Comes up as (shortly after) Pagan Rome falls (Dan. 7:24).
3. Becomes a worldwide power
(Rev. 13:3,7).
In the New Testament the word “dragon” is found only in Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 17, etc., and is there used metaphorically of “Satan.” (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
3. Nine points identify the beast. What are they? Rev. 13:1 - 10.
4. Rules 42 prophetic months - 1260 years 538 - 1798 A.D.(Rev. 13:5).
5. Is guilty of blasphemies (Rev. 13:5,6).
6. Receives a deadly wound which heals (Rev. 13:3).
3. Nine points identify the beast. What are they? Rev. 13:1 - 10.
7. Receives worship - a religious power (Rev. 13:4, 8).
8. Persecutes God’s saints (Rev. 13:7).

9. Has a mystic number - 666 (Rev. 13:18).

(Title of the Pope: “Vicarius Filii Dei”)
Note: Only one power fulfils all of these characteristics. History proves that the Papacy not only received its power, seat and great authority from Pagan Rome, that she was a worldwide power for 1260 years (538 - 1798), during which time she puts to death some 50 million Christians who refused to bow down in worship to her, but, also made the blasphemous claim that she was able to forgive sins, and that the bishop of Rome was “God on earth.”  
Revelation uses the ancient custom of giving numerical value to official names or titles to help identify this power. A chief title of the bishop of Rome is “The vicar of the Son of God”, in Latin - “Vicarius Filii Dei”. This name adds up to exactly “666”!
The Number 666 
V = 5 
I =  1
C = 100
A = 0
R = 0
I =  1
U = 5
S = 0

F = 0

I = 1
L = 50
I = 1
I = 1

D = 500

E  = 0
I  =  1


           +   53
           + 501
Total = 666
4. Who gives the message of warning in Revelation? Rev. 3:19.
Jesus says, “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent.”
Note: This is a message of love from Jesus. There are many beautiful, sweet, loving Christians of the Roman community, who serve Jesus gladly and whom Jesus counts as His children.
This is not an attack on our Christian friends but an account of the historical Roman religious system which has demonstrated so much power in ages past. Thank God Jesus loves us enough to give us the gracious warning that we might avoid receiving the mark of the beast.
5. What then is the mark of the beast?
We shall allow the papal system to tell us what its mark of authority is.
The following comes from the Catholic Record of London, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 1, 1923: “Sunday is our mark of authority… the church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of the fact.”
6. Are there other proofs of the change?
Yes. From the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine by Peter Geiermann, we read the following on page 50:
Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A. Because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.
Note: the Papacy claims that it changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and that Sunday observance by the world is its sign of authority and power.
Note: the Papacy claims that it changed the day of worship from Saturday to Sunday and that Sunday observance by the world is its sign of authority and power.
7. Did the Papacy really change God’s fourth commandment? Dan. 7:25
The Bible says: 
“And think to change times and laws.”
(Matt. 5:17,18)
Note: Daniel 7 is a parallel prophecy to Rev. 13. The message is clear, the papacy only thought they could change God’s day of worship: the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is still binding; Sunday is not a holy day (Ex. 20:8).
8. What concern did God have in Ezekiel’s day? Eze. 22:26
“Her priests have violated my law … and have hid their eyes from my Sabbath ...”
Note: This is still happening today. Many religious leaders say, “There is no difference between Sabbath and Sunday.” But God still says, “Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my Sabbaths.” Eze. 22:8
9. What did God say about attempts to change His law? Deut. 4:2; Luke 16:17
“… it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.”
Note: Popular churches are embarrassed. As we studied before, virtually all churches admit in their official writings that there is no scripture for Sunday sacredness.
How the mark is received
10. Why does God command His angels to hold earth’s final destruction?  Rev. 7:1 - 3.
“Hurt not the earth … till we have sealed the servants of God in their forehead.”
Note: God is holding back devastating destruction from the earth until His people receive His seal, sign or mark, which is His Sabbath (Eze. 20:12,20). Soon every person on earth will be in one of two groups: God’s group with His Sabbath seal, or the beast’s group, with His counterfeit Sunday mark.
11. Who will receive God’s wrath in the last days? Rev. 14:9,10.
Those who receive the mark of the beast.
God’s wrath is contained in the seven last plagues which we will study in a future lesson (Rev. 15:1; 16:1,2).
12. Where is the beast’s mark placed on people? Rev.13:16
“In their right hand or in their forehead.”
The mark is not literal. Remember we are dealing with symbols. The forehead represents the mind with which we serve God (Rom. 7:25), and the hand is a symbol of men’s work (Eccl. 9:10). Those who accept Sunday observance willingly are marked in the forehead. Those who agree to work on the Sabbath to avoid boycott or death are marked in the hand.
13. Do people who now observe Sunday have the mark?   Rev. 13:16,17
“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark.”
Note: No one has the mark of the beast now. No one will be marked until the law forces a person to stop buying and selling unless he has the mark.
When it becomes a major issue and people are forced to decide for either the mark of God or the mark of the beast, then those who work on Sabbath or observe Sunday as a holy day will be marked.
Sabbath breaking however, even today, is a very serious matter because it involves sin (1 John 3:4).
Those who knowingly profane God’s holy day now will lose the ability to think and see clearly and will end up in darkness (John 12:35).
A Test of Loyalty
14. How does God decide whom we serve?   Romans 6:16
“His servants ye are to whom ye obey.”
Note: God chooses to save everybody
(1 Tim. 2:3,4). The devil desperately wants all to be lost. We choose whom we will serve by whom we obey (Joshua 24:15). I obey God and serve Him by accepting His Sabbath. Sabbath-keeping is not just a matter of choosing a day, but rather a question of loyalty to either Christ or anti-Christ, which is another name for the beast.
15. How does God count me if I am neutral? Matt. 12:30
“He that is not with me is against me.”
God’s People Lovingly Obey
16. What did Christ’s disciples say when facing a test? Acts 5:29
“We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Note: And Jesus said “..in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” 
17. How can I make sure I will not receive the mark? Rev. 14:12

1. “Keep the commandments of God.”

2. “have the testimony of Jesus.”


Rev. 14:9 - 11 warns against receiving the mark of the beast. Verse 12 tells what the victorious saints do to avoid the mark. They keep God’s commandments and have Jesus’ faith that makes the miracle of commandment-keeping possible!
My faith in Jesus’ indwelling presence is the key
(Rom. 8:3,4; Col. 1:27,28).
18. God’s last warning message includes: Rev. 14:6-12
A. Worship of the Creator (v.7) which means I keep the sign or mark of His Creatorship, His Sabbath. For emphasis, verse 7 even quotes part of the Sabbath commandment (Ex. 20:11).
18. God’s last warning message includes: Rev. 14:6-12
B. Do not receive the mark of the beast (verses 9, 10), which means I must not receive and accept the devil’s counterfeit sign of Sunday sacredness.
God gives us these two solemn warnings. What could be more sobering? It is clear that a person who receives the mark of the beast will be lost.
19. Are you serious about escaping hell’s fires?
What is your answer? ________________
(Hell is really for the devil and his angels -Matthew 25:41).
20. Are you serious enough to obey all ten commandments out of gratitude for your salvation?
Your answer: ___________________
(As we recognize and accept God’s grace we must be crucified with Christ and commandment-keeping will come naturally- Galatians 2:20)

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