666 - The Antichrist Prophecy
By Chris Schang
The Bible tells us that in the end times the Antichrist will try to "counterfeit" the Seal of God during the Tribulation by introducing what is known as 666 - the Mark of the Beast. This amazing Antichrist prophecy is detailed as being a counterfeit seal that will be Satan's attempt to "mark" those who have rejected God and who have instead taken his mark that shows they belong to him (Satan). Taking this mark of the antichrist will cause people to be denied salvation as they will have intentionally turned their backs on God by worshipping the antichrist (Satan). They will do this despite all of the supernatural attempts by God to proclaim the true Gospel of Christ in order to be saved.
In the Tribulation we are told that there is a special group of people that are "sealed" with the Seal of God so that they are left to witness to the world. This group of people is commonly referred to the 144,000 witnesses that are made up of 12,000 individuals who are from the each of the 12 tribes of Israel.
"After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: 3 "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." 4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. 5 From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, 6 from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, 7 from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000. - Revelation 7:1-8"
After God seals his 144,000 witnesses, the Antichrist has the False Prophet introduce the "Mark of the Beast" which is derived somehow from the number 666:
"Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666." - Revelation 13:11-18.
With today's increasingly technology-based societies, we have seen the growing use of new technologies that have made this mysterious Mark of the Beast more possible than ever before. New technologies such as "RFID chips" have made it easier for people to make purchases and as well as to track people with or without their knowledge. While it appears that the development of such technologies is done for good purposes, there is always the potential for technology to be abused.
I believe we will see many of these emerging technologies that are arising today to be misused when the Antichrist arrives on the scene. In fact, many of them are being abused today by such government agencies such as the NSA, etc. It is actually not far-fetched to think that a future One World leader will arise from the political troubles of our time and make it so people will have to pledge allegiance to him in order to buy or sell. In fact, this is exactly what the Bible says will happen here in the end times.
It is my hope that people will learn about the Antichrist prophecies and the future Mark of the Beast - 666 - before it is too late. The coming Tribulation period will be a great time of trial and tribulation as never seen before on the Earth. If you find yourself left behind, please DO NOT take the Mark of the Beast - 666. God has given us the details of these Antichrist prophecies ahead of time so that people will be forewarned if they do not make a decision for Christ before the rapture.
Won't you make that decision today?