A lot of the speculation comes from the actual phrase, “The Mark of the Beast.” What does one typically think of when they hear this phrase? The first thought of the majority is that it is something satanic and horrible and extremely sinister. Remember that God also has a mark, which is more commonly called the Seal of God but can also be called the Mark of God. (Revelation 7:3; 9:4) What do you think of when you hear the phrase “The Seal of God” or “The Mark of God?” Most instantly think that it must be symbolic as God does not use technology and of course this phrase does not sound sinister or horrific at all. Why not? If we can cast some light on what the phrase “the Mark of the Beast” actually means, you will find that your whole conception of the mark of the beast will change dramatically.
Is 666 the Devils Number?
Many believe that 666 is the devil’s number because when they contemplate the phrase the “mark of the beast” they typically associate this phrase with Satan. The first thoughts that typically come to mind are something beastly and horrible like many envisage Satan’s appearance, but he was actually created a beautiful angel. The fact is, the Bible consistently uses the term “Beast” to describe a kingdom just as many nations today have an animal or beast that represents their country. For example: Australia has the Kangaroo and America, the Bald Eagle. Daniel 7:4 says that “the first beast was like a lion” and all theologians agree that this beast represents Babylon. This lion found on the Ishtar gate from the ancient ruins of Babylon is one of many and is not by coincidence. God had reason for all the beasts He chose. Daniel chapter 7 describes not just one but four beasts coming out of the sea and the fourth is indeed very horrible in appearance but what does the angelic interpreter say these four beasts represent? I imagine the answer is probably fairly obvious by now.
Daniel 7:17 “These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.”
And Daniel 7:23 speaking of Pagan Rome, “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.”
So according to the angel, what is a beast in prophecy? Does it represent one man or Satan like so many assume? Or how about a three story supercomputer in Belgium as some others have wildly speculated? Nope, definitely not. According to Daniel 7:17 and 7:23, a beast represents a kingdom. Don’t forget this or we might end up thinking that Osama bin Laden, Mikhail Gorbachev or even Barack Obama is the beast. While such theories may titillate, they totally lack Biblical substance.
The following two verses reveal what God used to symbolically represent Satan and as you can see it is not the Beast but a dragon or serpent.
Revelation 12:9 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Revelation 20:2 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”
Now note the following verse that identifies the beast and Satan as two separate entities and puts to rest the fallacy that the beast is Satan.
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.”