Who is the “Beast” spoken of in the book of revelation? And what is his “Mark”?




[The beast] forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a stamped image on their right hands or their foreheads, so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the beast’s name or the number that stood for its name.

 

Wisdom is needed here; one who understands can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a person. His number is six hundred and sixty-six (Rev. 13:16-18).

 

The Bible uses a lot of symbols and images in its expressions. The book of Revelations particularly used several images and theological themes. It used most of these to convey events that will culminate in the ultimate triumph of Christ. I think the beast symbolizes the many emperors who killed and persecuted the early Christians but mainly Caesar Nero, whose name in Hebrew has the numerical value of 666. Some believe that his “mark” was the coins of the Empire that had his image.

The truth is there is no official explanation from the Church as to the real meaning of this revelation. This is because when it comes to revelations, most times we cannot know for certain what it means until the events begin to unfold. However, this is the closest and most reasonable explanation based on the background study of the conditions of the author and his times.





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6 comments

  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    Usually, the Catholic Church does not engage in this type of speculation on the book of Revelation. There is no reason not to. Many clerics are dismissive of it; but it is part of the Bible and worth speculating about.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Wow, an author with some honesty. However that bit about Christians being persecuted, has little evidence to support it, and clearly was small in scope. I’ll say this for The Revelation – I’ve never done LSD or magic mushrooms, but the author certainly seems to have dabbled in some such substances!

  3. Gail Ramplen Reply

    Our Lady has explained a lot of this in her messages to Fr Gobbi, as recorded in the book “To the priests, our Lady’s beloved sons’ published by the Marian Movement of Priests.

  4. Gail Ramplen Reply

    When one speculates about prophecy, then one makes oneself into a false prophet. Think about it.

    1. Peter Aiello Reply

      Gail Ramplen: Why is there so much prophecy in the Bible? It’s there to inform us. Aren’t you curious about its meaning?

  5. Cassandra Clark Reply

    Makes one wonder about the “chips” they want to implant into the arms for purchasing products, clocking in and out of work, checking in and out of your accounts – rich or poor – everyone will need it.

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