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The Revelation - Book 5

A study of Revelation 13-15. This is book 5 of an 8 part book series.

Category - Bible Commentaries

Chapter 7

666, the Number of His Name

Revelation 13:18 says,

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of that beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six [666].

The Greek text that is translated “six hundred and sixty-six” is just three Greek letters chi, xi, and sigma. Like the Hebrews, the Greeks used their letters as numbers, so each letter carries a numeric value. The letter chi served as their number for 600, xi was their number 60, and sigma was their number 6. So by putting these letters together, this was how they wrote the number 666.

The Number Six

John, of course, was well acquainted with these numbers. However, he does not explain this number, other than to tell us that it is the number of “that beast” and the number of “a man.” Every number has both a positive and a negative side to it, depending upon its application. In biblical numerology, we find that the number six is the number of man, or humanity in general. A triple six would indicate the apex or even the perfection of man, for it is built upon the foundation of the number six.

In biblical law, six days was the time to work, and then the seventh day the people were to rest. Likewise, a slave was to work for six years and then be released for a one-year vacation in the seventh year. This seems to be the underlying reason for the association between 666 and man under the earth beast. Man was to labor six days—that is, 6,000 years—from Adam to the great Sabbath rest known commonly as the Millennium.

For this reason, Moses had to wait six days before he was allowed to go up the mount to meet the Lord in Exodus 24:16-18. This suggests a 6,000 year waiting period of labor on earth before the saints can ascend “to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thess. 4:17).

The works of the flesh that Paul listed in Gal. 5:19-21 puts witchcraft as the sixth vice. Witchcraft is simply man’s attempt to manipulate others against their will. So Saul’s rebellion against God was “as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Sam. 15:23). Man’s religious rituals often boil down to an earthly attempt to manipulate God (or the gods) into doing something beneficial to man. This is low-level witchcraft.

The good news about the number six is that when we view it as a time cycle, it signifies the END of labor or slavery and the beginning of rest (seven).

Solomon’s Gold

The number 666 appears twice in Scripture, not only in Rev. 13:18 but also in 2 Chron. 9:13,

13 Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was 666 talents of gold.

As with so many things, the New Testament must be interpreted with its double witness, the Old Testament. It is plain that in 2 Chron.9:13 the number 666 is associated with gold, which is also used as money. Certainly, this statement has an economic color to it, even as we see in John’s reference. Thus, when we look at John’s statement in its natural flow of the revelation of history, it is remarkable that it would coincide precisely with the rise of the international banking system as invented and developed by the family of Rothschilds.

It is not so much the USE of money, but the LOVE of money that determines if one has the mark of the beast. When everything one does is for the sake of money, it is a “mark of the beast” upon one’s hand. When one constantly schemes how to make more money, it is a “mark of the beast” upon one’s forehead. It does not matter if men justify their greed by saying that it is for the advancement of the Christian faith or the Kingdom of God. It is still a mark of the beast and the opposite of God’s law, which tells us to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.

Solomon’s gold, or wealth, was given to him, along with wisdom and peace, in order to build the Kingdom of God in his day. Unfortunately, the last half of his reign was spent in rebellion, for we read in 1 Kings 11:3-5,

3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. 4 For it came about when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians and after Milcom the detestable idol of the Ammonites.

Because of this, God judged him by dividing Israel into two nations, giving the bulk of the tribes to a political rival (1 Kings 11:11-13). Just as Solomon’s sin divided the kingdom, so also today we see the Freemasons obsessed with Solomon, his temple, and his dark arts. Freemasonry is part of the earth beast which is characterized by the number 666.

The main difference is that the earth beast is the final beast system to enslave the earth, bringing us to the end of the time when the divided kingdom will be reunited. To do this, of course, the earth beast must be overthrown first. The result will be that the Scepter of Judah (given to the house of David) will be reunited with the Birthright of Joseph, and thus the full inheritance will be given to the saints of the Most High. In 2014 the Divine Court issued the legal decree to establish this, and we are now seeing the effects of that decree reshaping the world.

The Temple Vessels

Jerusalem was captured by the king of Babylon in 604 B.C. Jehoiakim was the vassal king of Jerusalem under Babylon until he revolted in 597 B.C. Jehoiakim was then killed and replaced by Jehoiachin, who was then just eight years old. He lasted just three months and ten days (2 Chron. 36:9). Then King Nebuchadnezzar “brought him to Babylon with the valuable articles of the house of the Lord” (2 Chron. 36:10). So the vessels of the temple were taken to Babylon with Jehoiachin in 597 B.C.

2 Kings 25:13-17 gives us an inventory of the temple vessels carried to Babylon. It is interesting to note that neither the altar of incense nor the Ark of the Covenant were listed, for according to the records found by Nehemiah, they had already been hidden by Jeremiah in Mount Nebo. This is recorded in 2 Maccabees 2:4,

4 It was also contained in the same writing, that the prophet, being warned of God, commanded the tabernacle and the ark to go with him, as he went forth into the mountain where Moses climbed up and saw the heritage of God. And when Jeremy came thither, he found an hollow cave, wherein he laid the tabernacle and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door.

The deportation of the temple vessels appears to be the most important event to Ezekiel, for he dates his ministry and revelations according to Jehoiachin’s captivity in 597 B.C., as we see in Ezekiel 1:2. The importance of this date is seen in history, because 666 years later, the Roman army took Jerusalem and brought the vessels of the temple to Rome. There was no Ark, of course, because that had long disappeared. The Most Holy Place of the second temple was devoid of the Ark, and a stone was left in its place.

The Jews apparently had built a new lampstand to replace the one hidden by Jeremiah, because a lampstand is clearly included on the Arch of Titus among the spoils of war that were taken to Rome.

It is curious also that 1,260 years after 70 A.D. brings us to the year 1330. In 1296 the English had taken the sacred vessels from Scotland to London, but in 1328 the Treaty of Northampton was signed, and the English agreed to return them. In 1330, however, the noblemen in England prevented the king from returning these sacred vessels. These sacred vessels included the Stone of Scone, or Jacob’s Pillar, the stone on which the ancient kings of Israel were crowned in Jerusalem. This Stone was returned in 1996, which was 700 years after being taken to England and 666 years from when it was supposed to be returned.

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Hence, we see the chronology as: 666 plus 1,260 years plus 666 years comes to the year 1996. The first 666 was about the sacred temple vessels; the last 666 was about the Coronation Stone. This implies that the Coronation Stone is sacred and is a prophetic type that is connected to the temple vessels in Jerusalem.

But what does this tell us about the meaning of the number 666? It is associated with the captivity of the temple vessels and also with the removal of the Stone signifying the divine right to rule with the Dominion Mandate. Both of these have to do with the long captivity that began in the time of Jeremiah when Babylon took Jerusalem. The earth beast is the final entity that has had the right to put the earth into captivity under these beast systems.

This is also tied to the actions of King Belshazzar of Babylon on the night that Babylon fell. Dan. 5:2-4 tells us that the king was holding a party in which they used the temple vessels to praise “the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone” (Dan. 5:4). This desecration was the final act before the king was killed and Babylon was taken by the kings from the east—the Medes and Persians.

This desecration, when seen in the broader context of the Babylonian captivity itself, depicts temple worship being subjected to false gods that men create in their own image. Such worship has characterized the church of the captivity (Laodicea) without their realizing it. It is also a peculiar characteristic of religious life under the earth beast in general, especially in Freemasonry, which bases its “worship” ceremonies on the temple after Solomon’s apostasy.

The Golden Image

Daniel 3:1 says,

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits and its width six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.

Note the measure of 60 x 6. If this “image” was actually a statue of a man, the proportions would have been 6:1, rather than 10:1. So if this was a man, he was a very thin man. But it is more likely that it was a pillar with some sort of golden emblem or figure on the top of it. This would explain why no religious leaders were assembled, but only “the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces” (Dan. 3:3). Although this ceremony was religious in nature, it was designed to set up Babylon’s gold standard—the worship of gold, based on “the love of money.”

The numeric value of Daniel 3:1 is precisely 4662, or 666 x 7. This connects the event with the earth beast and the 666 of Rev. 13:18.

As for timing, this event may have recurred 2,520 years later, a period of “seven times.” Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem in 588 B.C., and 2,520 years later brings us to 1933-34, when President Roosevelt declared the United States to be bankrupt, abolished private ownership of gold for all US citizens, and then devalued the dollar by one-third. (Most American nationals complied, because they did not understand the law. They mistakenly thought they were US citizens.)

Nebuchadnezzar reigned until 560 B.C., the 43rd year of his long reign, and 2,520 years later is the year 1960-61. Nebuchadnezzar’s image was set up some time after the fall of Jerusalem. Daniel does not date this event, however, so we can only guess its precise date. But if we assume that a 2,520-year parallel event may have occurred, then we might look for a “gold event” some time prior to 1961, but not before the 1930’s.

This event might be linked to the establishment of the World Collateral Accounts in 1947, in which the world pooled its gold in order to rebuild the nations devastated by World War 2. (President Soekarno of Indonesia was put in charge of those accounts.) If this is the parallel event, we might be able to date Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold 2,520 years earlier in 574 B.C., or the 29th year of his reign.

The establishment of the United Nations, along with the Collateral Accounts in 1947, was the real outcome of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. This was to be the New World Order during the new 99-year contract from 1919-2018.

Goliath

In the biblical story of David and Goliath, we understand that Goliath was, as it were, larger than life. That is, he was more than just an individual. He was a prophetic type representing the opposition to the Kingdom of God during the time of the church (“Saul”), as well as the giants in the land that Joshua faced in establishing that first Kingdom (Joshua 11:21, 22).

Goliath was said to be “six cubits and a span” (1 Sam. 17:4). Further, “the head of his spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron” (1 Sam. 17:7). Another giant named Goliath, perhaps the son of the original Goliath, was killed some years later by Elhanan (2 Sam. 21:19), and then we read in 2 Sam. 21:20,

20 And there was war at Gath again, where there was a man of great stature who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also had been born to the giant [Goliath].

All of these sixes seem to point to the number 666, identifying the “giant” with the carnal, oppressive systems of the beast nature.

The name Goliath means “exile.” When America, Europe, and much of the world came under divine judgment for disobedience, they went into exile, as it were. They were not taken to foreign countries, however, because they came under the wooden yoke of Jer. 27:12, rather than the iron yoke of Deut. 28:48. The wooden yoke represents captivity without deportation, whereas the iron yoke of exile is imposed when the people refuse to submit to the judgment of God.

The name Goliath comes from the root word galah, which means “to go into exile, uncover, remove, or discover.” We can see the giants in the land by observing the skyscrapers in any big city. If you want to know if you are enslaved to Goliath, check your wallet for a DISCOVER card, and then look at their corporate headquarters in the giant building in Chicago. Goliath today is a financial system that is best represented by DISCOVER.

Gematria

If we calculate the gematria of the entire verse (Rev. 13:18), which speaks of the number 666, the numeric value adds up to 666 x 15. Hence, built into the text itself is this mysterious number, and the odds of this happening are only one in 666. Furthermore, verse 17 as a whole also carries a numeric value of 666 x 16. The odds of two verses in a row each being multiples of 666, can be calculated as one in 443,556 (i.e., 666 x 666). The odds increase greatly if we were to take into account that both of these verses speak of this very topic.

In Rev. 18:5, the phrase, “for her sins have piled up as high as heaven,” carries a numeric value of 666 x 6. The phrase in Rev. 14:11, “those who worship the beast and his image,” carries a numeric value of 666 x 6. Likewise, the phrase, “merchants of the earth,” in Rev. 18:3, also carries a numeric value of precisely 666. This is supported by the Hebrew word yitron, “profit” (Eccl. 1:3) and the Greek word euoporia, “wealth” (Acts 19:25), which have a gematria of 666.

The rulers of Babylon are again described, along with their fate, in Rev. 11:18, “and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” This phrase carries a numeric value of 666 x 5.

Even the overall divine objective, which is to create a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1), is marked by the number 666. It reads,

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

Because much of the focus is upon the world system that is passing away, the verse as a whole carries a numeric value of 666 x 11. The corrupted earth itself is linked to both 11 and 666. The Greek word for “earth” carries a numeric value of 11, and the “earth below” (used in Acts 2:19) carries a numeric value of 666 x 2.

Antichrist

Although the word “antichrist” never appears in the book of Revelation—and is, indeed, a word that only John himself uses in his other writings—theologians and Bible teachers have tended to identify the various “beasts” with antichrist. Certainly, there is a connection, but I do not believe that they are the same, nor are they synonymous.

The idea of a “beast” is seen most clearly in the book of Daniel, where the four empires that were to arise were described as beasts: lion, bear, leopard, and iron-toothed beast, along with an extension (“horn”) of the fourth beast. The Greek word translated “beast” is therion, a wild, dangerous, or venomous animal. Every wild beast needs a handler, and thus, every kingdom needs a king to guide it. If we think of the king as the antichrist and his kingdom as the wild beast, then we can see the connection between the two, as well as their distinction.

The word “antichrist” does not mean one who stands in opposition to Christ, but one who stands in place of Christ. The word is technically neutral, being neither good nor bad except by the way in which the man rules. In Matt. 2:22 we read,

22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of [Greek: anti] his father Herod, he was afraid to go there…

In other words, Archelaus was an anti-Herod, not because he opposed Herod, but because he ruled in place of Herod. He might rule in the same manner as his father, or he might oppose his father’s past policies and rule in a different manner. The word anti does not distinguish, but remains neutral in this regard.

So also is it with Christ and antichrist. John tells us that by his time there had been “many antichrists” (1 John 2:18). We could cite some of them from the Old Testament. Saul was an antichrist in that he ruled the throne of the Kingdom in his own way, treating the throne as if it were his own. Saul was an antichrist in a negative sense. However, King David ruled the throne as a steward of Christ, attempting to rule by the mind of Christ. He was an antichrist in a positive sense, ruling in place of Christ.

Even so, most examples in Scripture and in history are negative. Perhaps the most prominent antichrist was David’s son, Absalom, who usurped the throne of David for a season and became, as it were, an anti-David. His usurpation established the main prophetic pattern for the events in the New Testament a thousand years later. Absalom overthrew David with the support and help of Ahithophel, David’s friend and counselor (2 Sam. 15:12) in a conspiracy that arose out of the city of Hebron (2 Sam. 15:10). David left without fighting back, and made a sacrifice on the top of the Mount of Olives (2 Sam. 15:32).

A thousand years later, the chief priests, playing the role of Absalom, usurped the throne that rightfully belonged to Jesus Christ. He too made a sacrifice on the top of the Mount of Olives. He was betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Ish-Kerioth, a “man of Kerioth-arba,” the old name for Hebron), whom Jesus called “friend” (Matt. 26:50).

Absalom was the most prominent “antichrist” of the Old Testament, and the chief priests played his role in the New Testament. John saw the Jewish leaders as antichrists, who had usurped the throne of Christ, saying in 1 John 2:22, 23,

22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

The Jewish leaders had denied that Jesus is the Christ (or Messiah), thereby also denying the Father who had sent Him. John says that one cannot “have the Father” unless they also confess—or bear witness to—the Son. In other words, it is NOT the case that Judaism gives one the Father, while Christianity gives others the Son. It is all or nothing, and one cannot reject the Son without also rejecting the Father.

Those who support the Jewish leaders who have usurped the throne of Christ are comparable to the Israelites who supported Absalom when he opposed David. Further, those Christians who consider the Jews to be chosen and support the Jewish leadership are in danger of following the pattern of Ahithophel, who betrayed David, and of Judas, who betrayed Jesus. The irony of betrayal is that it is done by “friends,” not by enemies as such.

The ultimate irony in our time is that the Rothschild family, representing the earth beast, has used its wealth and influence to promote “Zionism” to establish the Israeli state, and that this has been supported by much of the Christian world.

We need to learn what it means to “confess the Son.” It is to support Jesus Christ’s right to rule in His throne, but this cannot be done while supporting usurpers (Absalom). A clear distinction must be made between the two competing kings.

The Rothschild King of the Jews

In the 1800’s this family became so powerful that they soon began to call their chairman the King of the Jews, and often referred to their family as “our royal family.” Their official biography, written by Niall Ferguson and published in 1998, says on page 8:

“In this sense, phrases like ‘Kings of the Jews’ which contemporaries applied to them contained an important element of truth. That was exactly the way the Rothschilds saw and conducted themselves—as phrases like ‘our royal family’ in their letters show—and the way they were treated by many other less wealthy Jews.”

On page 21, Niall Ferguson writes about Nathan Rothschild, the son of Mayer Amschel, who became the chairman of the family trust:

“His wealth was in fact intended for a higher purpose: ‘to avenge the wrongs of Israel’ by securing ‘the re-establishment of Judah’s kingdom—the rebuilding of thy towers, Oh! Jerusalem!’ and ‘the restoration of Judea to our ancient race’.”

Nathan Rothschild died in 1836, more than a century before the family goal was accomplished. The Israeli state was formed in 1948, primarily due to their money and influence. Of course, we acknowledge the sovereignty of God in this as well, for the fig tree had to bring forth more leaves (without fruit) in order to fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in Matt. 24:32. Even so, this historic event did not just happen by itself.

The Niles Weekly Register reported as early as 1835-1836 (proudly quoted in Ferguson’s book, p. 257):

“The Rothschilds are the wonders of modern banking. . . We see the descendants of Judah, after a persecution of two thousand years, peering above kings, rising higher than emperors, and holding a whole continent in the hollow of their hands. The Rothschilds govern a Christian world. Not a cabinet moves without their advice. They stretch their hand, with equal ease, from Petersburg to Vienna, from Vienna to Paris, from Paris to London, from London to Washington. Baron Rothschild, the head of the house, is the true king of Judah, the prince of the captivity, the Messiah so long looked for by this extraordinary people. He holds the keys of peace or war, blessing or cursing . . . They are the brokers and counsellors of the kings of Europe and of the republican chiefs of America. What more can they desire?”

It is the belief in upper Jewish circles that in order to qualify as their messiah, a man must first be able to prove some descent from Judah and David, and secondly, he must help establish the Jewish state. So they believe that one of the Rothschild descendants will be the Jewish messiah.

This is what Christians today have been supporting, not quite understanding that they have been manipulated behind the scenes by powerful men with intentions that are anything but Christian.

Once we understand the historical connection between modern banking, its money and the mark of the beast, we can see how the “image” has usurped the place of the real and is in direct violation of the Second Commandment that bans graven images. The mark of the beast is the brand of a slave owner upon his slave. The mark (or seal) of God is the brand (or signature) of God upon His bond servants. Paul says in Rom. 8:2,

2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

In other words, we have been set free from the beastly slave master who commands us to sin. John says that “sin is lawlessness,” that is, anomia (1 John 3:4). We were set free, as Rom. 7:22 says, and now “I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,” because we agree with His righteous commands and expectations, even though we find it impossible to perform while in this flesh. It is far better to fail in a righteous command than to succeed in fulfilling the law of sin that is commanded by the beast nature and his system of government.

The image of God is Jesus Christ Himself (Heb. 1:3, KJV). The image of the beast is a false Christ, an antichrist, that which usurps the place—and the number—of Jesus Christ, as we will see shortly. Even as “breath” or Spirit was given to Jesus when He was raised from the dead, so also is “breath” given to the image of the beast in Rev. 13:15.

The Counterfeit Lamb

Recall that Rev. 13:11 says,

11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.

This beast is a dragon in lamb’s clothing, as it were. It pretends to be a lamb, but its true identity is revealed by his voice and the lawless nature of his commands. This has more than one layer of meaning, but on one level we may apply it to the Rothschilds and extend it to their associates of the banking families, most of which were Jewish, as we have already seen. They pretend to be Israelites, or “sheep” in biblical metaphoric language, but in fact their lawlessness reveals their true identity.

The number 666 actually depicts the perfection (3) of man (6). It is not a bad number in itself, but instead has been usurped by evil men, or antichrists.

Let us take a closer look at Rev. 13:17 and 18,

17 and he provides that no one should 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.

The beast’s number is 666, but that does not mean that he has obtained it legitimately or that it truly belongs to him. What if he has usurped this number and is using it unlawfully? What if this number actually belongs to Jesus Christ?

This may seem like a strange view, until we see that the phrase “and his number is six hundred and sixty-six” carries a numeric value of 2368. The number 2368 is the numeric value of Jesus Christ in Greek. Jesus is 888, and Christ is 1480. Adding them together comes to 2368. Built into the actual Greek text is a number which reveals the one whose number is 666. It does not belong to the beast, but to Jesus Christ, for He alone is the perfect man represented by three sixes.

Furthermore, the three Greek letters making up the number 666 are: chi, 600, which is short for Christos); xi, 60, which is a cross; and stigma, 6, which means “pierced.” Does not this describe the cross on which Christ was to be pierced?

Therefore, I believe we might paraphrase verse 18 above to read: “Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, which he usurped; for the number is that of a particular man, Jesus Christ; and His number is six hundred and sixty-six.”

The Head (Stone) of the Corner

Psalm 118:22, 23 prophesies of Jesus Christ, saying,

22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone [“head stone of the corner,” KJV]. 23 This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

Most Christians recognize this as a messianic prophecy, because Jesus quoted it in Matt. 21:42 and applied it to Himself. What most do not realize, however, is that the phrase “the chief corner stone” carries a numeric value of 666. So who is the chief corner stone? Is it Christ or antichrist?

Obviously, when we understand the big picture in the divine plan, we know that Christ and antichrist are competing for the throne and the Dominion Mandate to rule the earth. But in the end, Jesus Christ is the Perfect Man for the job, while all antichrists are mere usurpers and are just as disqualified to rule the Kingdom as was Absalom.

This “chief corner stone” is the same foundation of the New Temple described in Eph. 2:20-22. But in Psalm 118:22 it actually refers to the capstone of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, which is mentioned in Isaiah 19:19, 20,

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 And it will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.

The Great Pyramid stands as a witness to God on the border between Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt (Nile delta), precisely where Isaiah locates it. The numeric value of these two verses describing the Great Pyramid are exactly 5449, which is the precise height of the Great Pyramid in its internal unit of measure, Pyramid Inches.

The Pyramid is left unfinished, because its capstone was never placed on its summit. If the builders had placed the Capstone, its height would have been 5776 Pyramid Inches, which happens to be the date of 2016 on the Jewish calendar. Perhaps the year 2016 will prove to be an important year in some way.

The Stoning of Babylon

Stoning was a common form of execution in the law. Paul tells us in Rom. 7:14 that “the law is spiritual,” and as such it is also prophetic. Hence, the divine judgment upon Babylon is revealed in terms of stoning. The stone of David strikes Goliath on the forehead (1 Sam. 17:49). The stone cut out of the mountain without (human) hands strikes the image on its feet and grinds it to powder (Dan. 2:34, 35). God stones Babylon with “huge hailstones” in Rev. 16:21.

All of these examples portray stoning as the divine judgment upon the idolatrous systems of men. Of course, this judgment is designed to set their slaves free, first by offering them citizenship in the Kingdom of God, and finally into the glorious freedom of the children of God with “the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:21, 23). No one who is enslaved to this beast system ought to be afraid of God’s judgment upon their slave master.

The End of Beast Dominion

The time of the two beasts has now run its course. As allies, their time was 1,480 years from 534-2014 A.D., beginning when Justinian changed times and law (Dan. 7:25). Being the last entities on the list of beasts that were to receive the Dominion Mandate, we should expect to see their time run out at the close of the “seven times” given to them by divine contract. The contract is expiring from 2014-2017, as I have explained earlier.

The number 1480 is the numeric value of “Christ” in Greek. So we find that Jesus was crucified on the 1480th Passover from Israel’s first feast in the land of Egypt. This time cycle coincided with the end of Daniel’s 70 weeks (490 years), the only time when the true Christ could have been crucified. Hence, we look in vain for any other man fulfilling even one of the prophecies of Christ at this appointed time.

The second 1480-year cycle was the time of the little horn. That time is now coming to a close over a period of 3 or 3½ years from 2014-2018. It appears that we are approaching another climax of history, which will be revealed in due time. Will Dan. 9:24-27 have a secondary (and perhaps a greater) fulfillment in the second work of Christ?