Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries
The Mark of the Beast Riddle
False Prophet: Revelation 13:11-17
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
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.
About three years ago, I had a total knee replacement (ouch, is an understatement). Shortly before my Father-in-Law passed away, he had a special hearing implant. I have seen military vets with varying degrees of implants and prosthetic devices. Do you know of anyone of with a pacemaker and any other type of technological/medical implant? In 2017, most of us following eschatological developments were acutely made aware of the company in Wisconsin that started offering its employees, ‘implantable micro-chips’ in their hand so they could buy a bag of stale chips in the cafeteria vending machines and to open doors! What a personal price to pay by these employees so they don’t have to reach in their pocket to grab 75 cents or buck to buy a bag of chips, and all that (pun intended). What could be cooler than using an iphone or other smartphone to pay for chips, than by using an implanted micro-chip (not the kind that can be eaten)? For the mobile technology addicted crowd, an implanted micro-chip is the next wave of coolness. I wonder how long they will have to wait in line for version 2.5 of this new mobile device miracle. What do all these have in common? They are all technological implants of one kind or another. Yeah, so what? They can all wear out, break down, be replaced, be removed, be improved, be modified, something better always comes along, etc. Again, they are all man made devices and not inherently evil.
Let me ask you a question. Does my knee implant make me any less human or an imager of God (or Christian, saved by Christ’s Grace)? Does an older person’s pacemaker make him/her any less valuable in the eyes of God? A military vet that has lost a limb and had it replaced with a prosthetic device, does he/she lose their chance at salvation because of a man-made device becoming part of their body? Of course not, the Bible doesn’t mention anything about being saved or a person losing their chance of salvation due to some type of device or technology becoming part of that person. A man-made device does NOT change or corrupt my unique genetic being as an imager of God! Even with implants, we are still human (an imperfect as a result of mankind’s fall). Why wouldn’t an implanted micro-chip, RFID chip or some other unknown or future electronic device (implanted or otherwise) no be considered a ‘Mark’. Wouldn’t an electronic device be needed to conduct a buy/sell transaction?
Genetic Corruption of the Imagers of God:
What sinful activity really angered God at the beginning of the Bible? Genesis (6:1-5) goes into detail about fallen angels (sons of God as opposed to sons of Man), who left their first estate in heaven to mate with human women (daughters of men that were seen as ‘fair’). This unholy mating of angelic beings with human beings created a hybrid race of Nephilim (giants, mighty men, men of renown). The Nephilim were such an abomination, that God cast the fallen angels (watchers) who spawned these beings, into the bottomless pit/abyss with chains. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6). God also instructed the Israelites to kill the various clans of these giant hybrid angels/humans. Does Goliath the Philistine (and his two brothers) come to mind? How about… “And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:33). “For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man” (Deuteronomy 3:11). “All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast them out.” (Joshua 13:12). Yes, there were human, genetically bastardized hybrids who in most cases were at least over ten (10) feet tall. Accept it. Get over it. Move on.
Outside of the eschatological community, bringing up the concept of the Nephilim is either mocked, completely ignored, brushed off as non-biblical or as fairy tales, discredited, incorrectly interpreted or altogether avoided because of the unsettling connotations and repercussions that result from the evidence of giants having existed in antiquity. Among the evolutionists, evidence of giants totally confounds their anti-creation theory of evolution. Some people are either scared of or are uncomfortable with the evidence of hybrid humans or giants having lived. If you are still not convinced of the biblical proof of Nephilim, I strongly suggest that you research the fantastic work done by Mr. Rob Skiba (a Christian researcher) and review the cornucopia of physical evidence he painstakingly provides. I am only bringing this topic up as a case in point about the extremely dangerous outcomes of genetic manipulation of the human genome. God hates it (understatement) … (genetic manipulation and species hybridization) and destroyed it via the Flood and later through the Israelites. God takes extreme offence with any corruption, meddling or manipulation of his created beings aside from what He designed and created them to be in the first place. He specifically created man and woman in His image (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2). God also created what is believed to be nine (9) distinct classifications of angelic beings or heavenly host. He creates specifically, purposely and according to His will and plans. Speaking about the destruction of the giant hybrid angelic/human Nephilim, does the Flood come to mind?
Prior to the Flood, Genesis (6:8-13) goes into detail about how … The whole earth was being corrupted and all flesh was being corrupted upon the earth. God saw the earth as being so filled with violence (not only among men, but extreme violence caused by the Nephilim) that he decided to destroy everything (all flesh). There is some evidence that also suggests that animal hybrids were also created by either the fallen angels or by men who were taught how to do this. However, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, was a just man and perfect in his generations” (Genesis 6: 8-9). I believe perfect means being uncorrupted genetically when taking into account the generational context of this verse and the conditions of flesh on the earth at this time. In the days of Noah, apparently all flesh became genetically corrupted including men and animals. Although there are several reasons why God saved Noah and his family (including no genetic corruption), you have to understand why God also wanted to save a portion of the animals that were not genetically corrupted and still pure as God had originally intended and created them to be. Humans and animals on the ark were meant to re-populate the earth, after the flood, with uncorrupted, pure genetics. God wiped the slate clean and started over with genetically pure human and animal specimens that were not tainted through angelic hybridization or genetic manipulation.
Where does Satan come into play in all of this? One of the main lies and deceptions (of many) that he has used throughout the Bible and history was to tempt mankind by offering a false, counterfeit immortality. After the Devil tempted Adam and Eve in the garden with eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge (good/evil), God did not want Adam and Eve to eat fruit from the tree of life … and live forever (immortal, in a fallen state), (Genesis 3:22). Only Christ can provide true, genuine, righteous immortality based upon our spiritual rebirth and the glorious transformation of our fleshly bodies (1 Corinthians 15:49-55). Over time, as God revealed the genetic lines that the Messiah (Jesus Christ) was to come from, the Devil made it a priority to attack the genetic lines of those people in an attempt to thwart God’s plan by genetically corrupting the messianic family tree by various means. This obviously failed. The point is that genetic intercession and manipulation is a major strategy used by Satan to deceive mankind with a counterfeit immortality and attempt to derail God’s plans (past, present and future). The Devil’s main strategy has always been to corrupt and counterfeit anything God has created or declared being very good (Genesis 1:31). Since the beginning of the Bible, Satan has made it one of his top priorities to corrupt mankind (in the flesh and spirit) so that we are no longer the imagers of God.
…”And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” Corruption of flesh, extreme violence, extreme sin, extreme abominations, extreme evil. “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them” (Revelation 9:6). “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” (Revelation 16 8-9). These two verses directly, and several other verses indirectly, suggest that men may have somehow attained the ability to withstand extreme elements and afflictions, up to and including the ability to not die. However, they will still experience extreme and unbearable affliction, pain and torment. This would provide further evidence of some type of genetic manipulation or enhancement was in play. A counterfeit immortality? Some prophecy teachers/students have suggested that the scorching heat will be seven times (7X) hotter than today’s hottest temperatures on earth. From a scientific standpoint, this extreme heat could be representative of massive solar flares reaching the earth. It is an extreme and sad irony, that people during the Tribulation will perhaps stand in line to get the Mark of the Beast, thinking of the lie of immortality, and then once having this counterfeit, satanic ability, wishing that they could die. Be careful of what you want, you might get it! If God wouldn’t tolerate genetic manipulation and hybridization during the times of Noah, why would he allow it during the Tribulation? God is the same then, now and always. He doesn’t change, nor does his Word change. Now, in this day and age, mankind has the ability (if unrestrained by any authority or ethical conscience) to make the same mistake, as in the days of Noah, to genetically manipulate the human genome. However, it doesn’t take much stretch of the imagination to think that the restraints that currently exist to prevent or ‘restrain’ human genetic manipulation, could easily and quickly fall by the wayside during the Tribulation.
What does all this techno-geno-babble have to do with the Mark of the Beast (as opposed to the number of the Beast)? My belief (based upon what the Bible says) is that the Beast will use a form of deception and lies that requires/entices people to receive a form of genetic enhancement, or manipulation. This could be used as a proxy for men to become resistant to the pestilences that occur during the Tribulation period. This could also be used as a lie that suggests science can make men immortal by not having to die by the diseases and genetic ailments that have plagued mankind since mankind’s fall. This of course does nothing to address the spiritual death of mankind. People during the Tribulation will not be concerned with their spiritual health or status, let alone of repenting, giving Gold glory, and accepting Christ. Which deceived person would not want to have a counterfeit immortality? (which is that age old deception again!). What could a mark look like on the hand or forehead? This could be in the form of a biometric marker or fleshly signature that is caused by genetic manipulation or process. It could also just be as simple as a satanic graphic tattoo, stamp, logo or branding. This could also be a number that is obviously descriptive in nature. 365/24/7 means something to most people (this describes something that occurs 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Go online and check out how CERN uses the interplay of 666 in their logo. Revelation (13:16-17) clearly states that this will be a “mark, the name, or the number of his name” (of the beast). The mark destroys a human’s status as an imager of God and bastardizes the element of God that was initially created in that person. Which is why I believe there is a genetic component to the mark. As such, deceived members of the anti-Christ’s system can be identified in three different physically visible manners (mark, name, number).How could a person make a worldwide purchase by only having a symbol, biometric mark, name or number on their hand or forehead? Won’t they need a credit card, smartphone, micro-chip or physical device of some kind (implantable or otherwise) to conduct an economic transaction? No. No. No.
Today, biometric scanning is used throughout the world by major governments to monitor their civilians and is growing exponentially. Scanning captures detailed facial features, iris patterns, fingerprint patterns, and even voice pattern recognition and DNA. Instead of scanning a credit or debit card, or even a micro-chip, all the Beast’s system has to do is scan a person’s face or hand (that has the visible signature or mark). The system electronically acknowledges the mark (in the same manner as when a scanner reads someone’s iris to determine their identity), which then activates the decision (go, no-go) algorithms, which in turn authorize electronic transfer of cashless funds. It is all done electronically, behind the scenes in milliseconds. The electronic system then knows (via stored information in the world’s databases) that the person with the Beast’s mark, number, name is part of the new world system and is then allowed to buy and sell. No need to have cash, a credit card, or even a micro-chip device implant. It is well known that countries and the credit card companies are pushing hard today to do away with cash. All international banking and fund transfers are electronic. The only parties using cash, are individual citizens, making private purchases. Bitcoin, Crypto-Currencies are also some recent attempts at developing cashless electronic currency. Russia, India, Europe and the U.S. are all pursuing electronic scanning technology and data management systems with aims at various goals, including, but not limited to, economic monitoring. It doesn’t take much to see how these systems can easily coalesce together into one network during the Tribulation. This new world economic system is nothing more than financial databases, transaction systems and protocols being tied together, founded on a common data scheme which pulls in data from biometric scanners all over the world. This was unthinkable even five years ago.
Why does God specifically declare that anyone who takes the Mark of the Beast will be lost forever and is beyond salvation, even with the gospel of Christ being communicated throughout the entire earth by the two witnesses (Revelation 11:3-13), three witnessing angels (Revelation 14:6-11), 144,000 Jewish evangelists (Revelation 7:4) and Christians’ testimonies/witnessing by refusing to take the mark, prior to their martyrdom (Revelation 20:4). The mark is physical as opposed to a spiritual engraving and means that these people have figuratively crawled into bed with Satan, and there they will stay to receive God’s wrath and to eventually be thrown into the lake of fire with Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet (Revelation 13:9-11, 19:20, 20:10). The mark, number, name represents a betrayal of God and a compromise with evil. Conversely, the Bible says the forehead of every believer in Christ is reserved for the “name of my God”. Christ promises, I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem … And I will write on him My new name.” (Revelation 2:12). “And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.” (Revelation 14:1). So, there you have it. The wicked choose to have the Mark of the Beast branded (like cattle) ON their foreheads or right hand (near fingers, finger tips and fingerprints). Conversely, all those saved by Christ (and the Jewish 144,000 redeemed/sealed by God) have the name of God written IN their foreheads.
Taking into account everything that I have stated, including recent, cutting edge technological advancements, this letter will only make sense to folks “who have eyes to see and ears to hear” living during the past several years. I don’t think people living prior to the smartphone or computer era (let alone to the very recent genetic era) would have any comprehension or belief of the things stated here in. During the Tribulation, many lies will be told to deceive men about the benefits of taking the mark and being part of the new world system. Some people will interpret these benefits (erroneously) as being cool and having no risk whatsoever. The analogy of ‘sheeple’ will rise to a new level. Another sad irony is that these people will most likely line up to receive the mark as if it were the next great smartphone release. I believe there is strong Biblical connections between verses in Genesis and Revelation that tie together the genetic manipulation scenario that could produce the Mark of the Beast. In my analysis, biometric scanning, worldwide database technology and genetic modification will do away with the need to have any physical device on a person’s physical being (implanted or not) in order to conduct economic transactions. The Beast will need a 100% failsafe system to correctly identify who is in the satanic kingdom/system and who is not. A physical device (implanted or not) is NOT a 100% failsafe mechanism for detecting someone’s allegiance to the Antichrist or to enable them to participate in the new world economic system. Physical things with personal identification information in them are easily stolen. This is why the credit card companies (and governments) want to do away with any physical form of commerce and to go completely to an electronic system. The only way to salvation during the Tribulation period is for a person to believe in Christ AND refusal to take the Mark of the Beast, to the point of martyrdom (beheading)… “And I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4). As of today, we still do not know exactly what the mark, number or name of the Beast will be or look like. We can only consider what God reveals to us in His time and what we see on the near horizon. I surmise that the mark will be revealed, once the church has been raptured, the Beast comes on the scene, the Tribulation period has begun and the new world order system coalesces into place.
ONE LAST THOUGHT:
Given the fact that we know biometric scanning and verification involves scanning a person’s iris (eye) and perhaps their fingerprints, is it any coincidence that the mark of the beast will be placed on the forehead or the hand? This mark would be a mere inch or two away from the eye or finger. How easy would it be for the biometric scanner to not only scan the iris, fingerprint and then to also scan the mark of the beast? As previously stated, biometric scanning validates or verifies that a person is who they say they are. Scanning the mark of the beast authenticates and authorizes that person’s transaction to be completed. I don’t believe it will be a coincidence for the mark of the beast to be placed either on the hand or forehead. It is conveniently right there … on the forehand or hand … along with fingers and eyes. Consider it, for those of use with eyes to see and minds to discern and understand. For most of the world, during the tribulation, the mark of the beast will just be one more governmental burden or intrusion to have to accept in the name of convenience, security of personal information, health, identification and commerce. To use an old credit card advertising slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.” For those during the tribulation, they won’t have to worry about “leaving home without it,” because it will have become permanently and eternally part of their being. To the point of damnation. Believe it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it (accept the mark, name or number of the beast).