The continuation [Part 4, the finale] of the false Messiah coming into the world as the true Messiah and deceiving many, especially, the nation of Israel. If you haven’t read yet Part 3, click on the link below.
Revelation 13:4, 7-8, 16-18
4 they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”
The “dragon”, or Satan, will be “worshiped” in the End Times by people giving their allegiance to the beast. The dragon will give “authority to the beast”, who is the Antichrist and leader of Satan’s government on earth. In Revelation 6:1-2, the Antichrist’s war begins and through his military might, he becomes the world’s leader. The people will be amazed of how powerful the beast is and exclaim, “who is able to wage war with him?”
Verses 7 & 8
7 It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority was given to him over every tribe, people, language, and nation. 8 All who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slaughtered.
The phrase “It was also given to him” means that the Antichrist was allowed by the Lord to go against and defeat “the saints”, who are Christians. The beast will “overcome them” (the saints) by decapitation or imprisonment. The phrase “everyone whose name has not been written…in the book of life of the Lamb” means that no true or genuine believer in Christ will worship the beast.
16 And he causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 and he decrees that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
At the second half of the seven years of the Great Tribulation, “he”, the Antichrist, will force everyone, regardless of their status in society, “to be given a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads”. This mark will be visible on the body.
The phrase “be able to buy or to sell” means that without the mark, no one can live in society. The phrase “the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name” suggests that the mark of the beast will be to identify who is for the Antichrist.
The phrase “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast” shows that only Spirit-filled believers will recognize the mark of the beast when it comes out to the public. The Antichrist’s number, 666, will add-up to his name, but others will get his name put on them because his number represents “man.” In Genesis 1, God created man on the sixth day. The number 666 represents a godless, man-centered world. This is seen in Genesis 11:1-9 when the people wanted to build a tower up to the heavens to show that humanity does not need God (globalism).
All Scripture were taken from the NASB 2020