First I have to say that I find it amazing that they divided this book into chapters where this particular verse falls exactly at 13:13 …. hmmmm
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.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Now lets look at the particulars,….
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire (light/power) come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (sorcery and tricks to fool mankind. This could well be TV broadcasts of false religion sponsored by the One World Government.)
15 And he (The beast of the earth) 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.
The “beast of the earth” make me want to focus on Nimrod of Genesis. He was man that “became a Nephilim” Genesis 10:8
8 And Cush begat Nimrod (we shall rebel): he began to be a mighty one in the earth. (The words state that Nimrod ‘began’ H2490 חָלַל chalal (chaw-lal’) v. (properly) to bore. to begin (as if by an “opening wedge”). To defile. This indicates that there was a process by which Nimrod could traverse the natural and become a Nephilim.)
Mark 13:11-13 “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand (volunteering to do his work), or in their foreheads: (the mark of the beast is falling into the deception of Satan and the actions that promote the beast system.)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark (a person must proclaim the beast as their belief system, he will offer security through supplies like food and clothing), or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count (compute) the number (reckoning) of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
The 6th seal, the 6th trump [command] and the 6th vial [bitterness] is the combination of events when Satan appears.
“The letters inscribed in the Pope’s miter are these ‘VICARIVS FILII DEI’. Which is the Latin for ‘VICAR OF THE SON OF GOD.’ Catholics hold that the church, which is a visible society, must have a visible head…” Our Sunday Visitor, (Catholic Weekly) “Bureau of information,” Huntington, Ind., April 18, 1915.
Roman numerals taken from the title D=500, L=50, V=5, C=100, X=10, I=1, the remaining letters have no values. 5+1+100+1+5+1 +50+1+1+500+1=666, Additional titles include “DVX CLERI” … translated means Captain of the Clergy 500+5+10+100+ 50+1=666 / LVDOVICVS … translated means Vicar of the Court 50+5+500+5+1+100+5 =666 /
Lateinos or “the Latin speaking man” is a Greek term for the pope. Latin is the official language of the Roman Catholic Church. Church Documents are usually published first in Latin, and then translated from the Latin into other languages. Even in Greek L=30, A=1, T=300, E=5, I=10, N=50, O=70, S=200 and yes… that totals 666.
Basically the understanding I get from all of this is:
1. The embodiment of Nimrod [literal or figuratively] will come to a position of authority and leadership.
2. This Nimrod will lead the world in the worship of Satan while telling the world it is for YHWH.
3. The deception will be so strong that the true believers will question things. Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
4. This deception and leadership will lead people to do things against the Scriptures. This will lead them to openly worship Satan in the sight of YHWH
Looking at Nimrods accomplishments we see:
Revelation 10:10 [ the double tens are interesting …but that is for another time]
10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel (to confuse or mix), and Erech (to lengthen, prolong or live with), and Accad (to subtly strengthen), and Calneh (fortress of Anu), in the land of Shinar.
11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh (abode of Ninus, fish goddess), and the city Rehoboth (avenue or path), and Calah (completion and strength), (Asshur is simply the Assyrian name for Nimrod; Nimrod being a Babylonian name.)
12 And Resen (bridle control) between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
Anu, the Sumerian god known as “Lord of the Constellations, Spirits and Demons” [i.e. Satan] was said to have fathered more than 50 different gods and goddesses of the ancient world.
These ancient names of Enlil, Naama, Ishtar and so on, would become the gods and goddesses of the Greeks and Romans. Zeus, Apollos, Diana are all the exact same demons.
Nimrod and his wife Semiramis are known by each of the 70 different languages just by a different name.
So reading this back, right to left as the Hebrews write, we can see it was Nimrods goal to: Bridle or control mankind completely with his path to the home and fortress of Anu by subtly strengthening a prolonged mixing or confusion of religion. We can see this in the influence that Constantine (Mithras- Roman name for Nimrod) introduced and still prevails today.