What Does 666 Mean?

By David Jerimiah

P. T. Barnum was an American showman of the nineteenth century who captivated American audiences with elaborate hoaxes that earned him a reputation as the “Prince of Humbugs.” He didn’t consider his shows to be underhanded because his audiences were willing participants in his ruses. In Barnum’s words, “The people like to be humbugged.”

During the Tribulation, there will be a new showman who surpasses every grandstander before him. Unlike Barnum, his tricks won’t be lighthearted entertainment or freely chosen. Promising peace and prosperity, he will convince nations to disarm and grant him complete control. Together with his False Prophet, the Antichrist will convince millions that his government and his economic system is:

Everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s right here in front of you
[It] is where you wanna be.1

The price of admission to this world order will be a nonrefundable, mandatory mark worn by every citizen. It is known as the mark of the Beast, or simply “666.”

The price of admission to this world order will be a nonrefundable, mandatory mark worn by every citizen.

What Is the Mark of the Beast?

In Revelation 13, we are told the Antichrist’s right–hand man, the Beast from the earth (also known as the False Prophet), will introduce a mark to bolster his one-world rule. “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16–17).

The word used in the passage for the mark is the Greek word charagma. In antiquity, this word was always associated with the Roman emperor. It often contained the emperor’s name, his image, and the year of his reign. It was necessary for buying and selling and was required to be affixed to documents to attest to their validity. During the Tribulation, every living person will be required to take the Beast’s mark. As in the days of Rome, it will be the only way to function in society.


Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

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