There still are many good, sincere Christians. Many know of the hypocrysy created by Constantine and are now repenting and finally realizing that God's Commandments and Moadim are essential. After 1700 years of this paganized Christianity, many are starting to come to the Way, the Truth and the Life through God's written Word...We ALL need to pray for our brethren who has been misled by "church leaders" for so long! Shalom Aleikhem...
The mark of the beast is what it says:
And the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and an evil and wicked sore came upon the men, those having the mark of the beast and those worshipping his image. Rev 16:2
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he led astray those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped his image. The two were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulphur. Rev 19:20
Why do we try to read more into something then what it says? A mark is a mark in English a tattoo! The beast is a man the Bible said, not a group, not Islam because it was the apostate religion of the Bible. Islam did not change times and laws the Catholic Church attempted to do this. For centuries al knew that the Catholic Church including the original Nazarenes that it was this apostate church. Because some of Islam are terrorist they do not control a mass of believers like the Catholic who also the Protestants and to be t rueful so does Islam, Hindu and other religions. All have change THE HOLY NAME ELOHIM to god! The beast is the eighth coming out of the seventh, the Catholic Church. But he is not on her side anymore and what the Papacy is preaching now will turn him to Satan even more so!
The Muslim band on head and right hand..the sign of Jihad...I suppose.
I think it is Usa,Russia,and the Vatican forming a world government..If we use the equation A=1,B=2,etc and add up the words United States America Union Soviet Socialist Russia Pope Paul it =666.....Usa is the king of clay,russia is the king of iron and pope paul laid the worldwide ground work for the new world order.
I may be a bit late to the discussion, but how would John have written it?
He would have wrote "the 'TAV' of the beast" ... if I understand it correctly.
In early ancient Hebrew, that would have been a + (or cross). So this is the literal meaning.
Ignatius of Antioch is depicted with this sign on his mantle (the mantle symbolizing the ruach possessing him).
He was the originator of "Christianity". His doctrine ended up infesting, contaminating and defiling all "churches".
What is the Mark of the Beast?
it is written in letters M-I-C-R-O-$-O-F-T.
Vav Vav Vav -- www.
Nope Vav Vav Vav is just 6-6-6 (three sixes) NOT six hundred sixty six which only LOOKS like three sixes in out modern base ten Indo-Arabic numerals.