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The answer is 24.
Is this meaningful in any way? No, because you do not know the question. Many times, at least in my life, the ability to formulate the proper question is the real challenge, not arriving at the answer. If the question was: what is 12+12? Then 24 is very accurate but is it important? No. If you just asked the doctor how long do I have to live and he responded 24. Twenty-four what? Years? Months? Days? or Hours? At my age another 24 years would seem highly unlikely but would not affect my critical thinking very much. However, if 24 was the number of hours that I have left it will definitely affect my critical thinking.
If you read Part V you now know what YHVH’s Mark is so, knowing how Hasatan works, can you now guess as to the mark of the beast? Just the opposite. Also, as promised in Part V I WILL NOT give you the answer. I will show you how to ask, or frame, the proper question. That way you can find the answer for yourself. This is too critical for me to be dictating to someone what they should or should not believe. In order for you to be able to do this we must first look at YHVH/Elohim to be able to identify the anti-Messiah/anti-Christ/man of sin.
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does YHVH/God require from me?” It is pretty simple. Men, through the influence of Hasatan, get involved and complicate it a great deal but YHVH requires little from us. Let look at His Words. Wait a minute, let us first take a look at the Word of Elohim, then we will look at His Words.
THE WORD OF ELOHIM
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim.
John 1:2 He was in the beginning with Elohim.
John 1:3 All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be.
John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Eph 3:8 To me, the very least of all the set-apart ones, this favour was given, to bring the Good News of the unsearchable riches of Messiah among the gentiles,
Eph 3:9 and to make all see how this secret is administered, which for ages past has been hidden in Elohim who created all through יהושע Messiah, (This is expounding on 1Enoch)
Eph 3:10 so that now, through the assembly, the many-sided wisdom of Elohim might be known to the principalities and authorities in the heavenlies,
Col 1:16 Because in Him were created all that are in the heavens and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or rulerships or principalities or authorities – all have been created through Him and for Him.
Col 1:17 And He is before all, and in Him all hold together.
Heb 11:1 And belief is the substance of what is expected, the proof of what is not seen.
Heb 11:2 For by this the elders obtained witness.
Heb 11:3 By belief, we understand that the ages were prepared by the Word of Elohim, so that what is seen was not made of what is visible.
2Pe 3:5 For they choose to have this hidden from them: that the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by the Word of Elohim,
Psa 33:4 For the Word of יהוה is straight, And all His works are in truth,
Psa 33:5 Loving righteousness and right-ruling; The earth is filled with the kindness of יהוה.
Psa 33:6 By the Word of יהוה the heavens were made, And all their host by the Spirit of His mouth,
Psa 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Do you know WHO, not what, is being spoken of here? Yeshua/Jesus is the Word of Elohim. He is forever and unchanging. Heb 13:8 יהושע Messiah is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.
Yeshua is the Word. He has always been the Word and He will always be the Word. He, like YHVH, is unchanging. Agreed?
Now, for YHVH’s Words: Lev 18:30 ‘And you shall guard My Charge, so as not to do any of these abominable practices which were done before you, so as not to defile yourselves by them. I am יהוה your Elohim.’ ” Lev 22:9 ‘And they shall guard My Charge, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby, when they profane it. I יהוה set them apart. So, now we have a new piece of the puzzle, what is YHVH’s Charge? Deu 11:1 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim and guard His Charge: even His laws, and His right-rulings, and His commands, always. 1Ki 2:3 “And guard the Charge of יהוה your Elohim: to walk in His ways, to guard His laws, His commands, His right-rulings, and His witnesses, as it is written in the Torah of Mosheh, so that you do wisely all that you do and wherever you turn;
So, what is this Charge and where does it come from? Easy, it comes from our patriarch, Abraham: Gen 26:4 “And I shall increase your seed like the stars of the heavens, and I shall give all these lands to your seed. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed,
Gen 26:5 because Aḇraham obeyed My voice and guarded My Charge: My commands, My laws, and My Torot.”
What was that? Abraham is not your patriarch because you are not Jewish. Neither am I. Gal 3:27 For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah.
Gal 3:28 There is not Yehuḏite nor Greek, there is not slave nor free, there is not male and female, for you are all one in Messiah יהושע.
Gal 3:29 And if you are of Messiah, then you are seed of Aḇraham, and heirs according to promise. **That would be the promise found in Genesis 26:5 above.
Now, properly armed, you can now discern who the Word of Elohim is. He must agree with Elohim’s Charge, His Scripture. Yeshua cannot do away with YHVH”s Word because he would be doing away with Himself. Remember this in light of what we will talk about next.
Lawlessness = Iniquity = Torahlessness
Unfortunately we do not have the original Hebrew manuscripts of the B’rit Hadasha but rather the Greek. I suspect that one day someone will stumble upon the originals hidden away somewhere in the deepest recesses of the Vatican or perhaps they are still in Alexandria where they were last seen. We do however, have several fine Aramaic texts which are older than the earliest Greek versions. I myself found a copy of the Bosorot Matti (Gospel of Matthew in Hebrew) older than the Shem Tov (another Hebrew version of Matthew). Having said all this we can still use the Greek to extract the accurate meaning held in the scriptures.
The Greek Empire was an unusual empire in that every land that they conquered they began, almost immediately, trying to understand the local religion. This happened in Israel as well. Some of the concepts that the Greeks had trouble with was the viewpoint of time in the Hebrew psyche and Torah. The Greeks believe that time was expressed in linear fashion and the viewed Torah as Law. To the Hebrew mindset time was cyclical and Torah were YHVH’s instructions for living a set-apart life so that His people would be set-apart. The 10 Words in Exodus 20 became the 10 Commandments. So, when translation of the B’rit Hadasha began the idea of law was firmly ingrained into the Greeks. The word used most often for law is ‘nomos’ G3551, so the opposite was logically anomia G458, ‘a’ indicating without. So, instead of possessing the attributes of Torah it is without Torah or Torahless. Now, let’s look at some puzzling scriptures in the B’rit Hadasha and apply this meaning: Mat 7:20 “So then, by their fruits you shall know them
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.
Mat 7:22 “Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’
Mat 7:23 “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’: Mat 13:41 “The Son of Aḏam shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His reign all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing lawlessness,
Mat 13:42 and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. : Mat 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise up and lead many astray.
Mat 24:12 “And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many shall become cold.
1Jn 3:4 Everyone doing sin also does lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
These are just a few of the scriptures where anomia is translated ‘lawlessness’ rather than unrighteouness. I think you get the picture. As a child and even as a young man while going to Bible college I wondered about Matthew 7:22. How could people who had done mighty works, cast out demons and even prophesied in Jesus name be thrown out into darkness? Now I know.
Paul (Sha’ul) gives us the single largest resource for identifying the “lawless one”/anti-Messiah/”man of sin” in the book of 2 Thessalonians: 2Th 2:1 As to the coming of our Master יהושע Messiah and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, brothers,
2Th 2:2 not to become easily unsettled in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as if the day of יהוה has come.
2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way, because the falling away is to come first, and the man of lawlessness is to be revealed, the son of destruction,
2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim or that is worshipped, so that he sits as Elohim in the Dwelling Place of Elohim, showing himself that he is Elohim.
2Th 2:5 Do you not remember that I told you this while I was still with you?
2Th 2:6 And now you know what restrains, for him to be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7 For the secret of lawlessness is already at work – only until he who now restrains comes out of the midst.
2Th 2:8 And then the lawless one shall be revealed, whom the Master shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth and bring to naught with the manifestation of His coming.
2Th 2:9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood,
2Th 2:10 and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because they did not receive the love of the truth, in order for them to be saved.
2Th 2:11 And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood,
2Th 2:12 in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth, but have delighted in the unrighteousness.
In my opinion the next best resource for learning who the anti-Messiah is found in Daniel 7:25: Dan 7:23 “This is what he said, ‘The fourth beast is the fourth reign on earth, which is different from all other reigns, and it devours all the earth, tramples it down and crushes it.
Dan 7:24 ‘And the ten horns are ten sovereigns from this reign. They shall rise, and another shall rise after them, and it is different from the first ones, and it humbles three sovereigns,
Dan 7:25 and it speaks words against the Most High, and it wears out the set-apart ones of the Most High, and it intends to change appointed times and law, and they are given into its hand for a time and times and half a time.
Let’s itemize the anti-Messiah’s qualifications for the job:
- Opposes Elohim
- Exalts himself above Elohim
- Sits in the Dwelling Place of Elohim
- Showing himself that he is Elohim
- His working is according to the working of Satan
- Change appointed times
- Changes the law
That really is quite a resume. We could extract others from the Gospels and Epistles, especially of John, but these are enough for you to see his qualifications. It is obvious you cannot go to a Search firm and find a qualified applicant so what do you do? You deceive.
Lawless – (1) Unrestrained by law; disobedient: (2) Heedless of or contrary to the law: (3) not governed by law: ((The American Heritage Dictionary, 1976 ed.))
Opposes Elohim – How do you oppose Elohim. I mean Elohim is God right? Ignore Elohim, do away with His Charge.
Exalts himself above Elohim – Once again that is a difficult thing to do right? You want to go to the anti-Messiah instead of YHVH.
Worshipped – That makes sense, since that is what Hasatan wants is to be worshipped but, this is worshipped instead of, in place of or ‘anti’ ((opposing or reciprocal)) of Elohim.
Sits in the Dwelling Place of Elohim – now this one is very easy because we don’t have a Temple yet but when one is built then this anti-Messiah will sit in the Temple, right? Wrong. Let’s turn to Paul (Sha’ul): 1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you are a Dwelling Place of Elohim and that the Spirit of Elohim dwells in you?
1Co 3:17 If anyone destroys the Dwelling Place of Elohim, Elohim shall destroy him. For the Dwelling Place of Elohim is set-apart, which you are.
1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the Dwelling Place of the Set-apart Spirit who is in you, which you have from Elohim, and you are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For you were bought with a price, therefore esteem Elohim in your body and in your spirit, which are of Elohim.
2Co 6:16 And what union has the Dwelling Place of Elohim with idols? For you are a Dwelling Place of the living Elohim, as Elohim has said, “I shall dwell in them and walk among them, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.”
Eph 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the set-apart ones and members of the household of Elohim,
Eph 2:20 having been built upon the foundation of the emissaries and prophets, יהושע Messiah Himself being chief corner-stone,
Eph 2:21 in whom all the building, being joined together, grows into a set-apart Dwelling Place in יהוה,
Eph 2:22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of Elohim in the Spirit.
You see? Your heart, my heart is the Dwelling Place of Elohim. There is no need for another temple to be built. Who is in your heart? Is it Elohim, YHVH or someone else?
Showing himself that he is Elohim – I felt that this one was self-explanatory so that the object of worship is changed or transferred to someone else, from Elohim to someone.
His working is according to the working of Satan – How does Satan operate? He deceives, as he did Havvah (Eve) by changing YHVH’s Words, He can even quote scripture as he did to Yeshua when He was in the desert. Eph 6:11 Put on the complete armour of Elohim, for you to have power to stand against the schemes of the devil.
Change appointed times – Appointed times (mo’edim) are found in Leviticus: Lev 23:1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,
Lev 23:2 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘The appointed times of יהוה, which you are to proclaim as set-apart gatherings, My appointed times, are these: – after this point is the listing of YHVH appointed times beginning with the Sabbath. Please read ALL of Leviticus 23.
Changes the Law – Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete.
Mat 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.
Mat 5:19 “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.
Now, it is clear that Yeshua did not come to change the law = Torah but rather to change our attitude toward it. Read the following: Mat 5:21 “You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder,’ and whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.
Mat 5:22 “But I say to you that whoever is wroth with his brother without a cause shall be liable to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raka!’ shall be liable to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to fire of Gehenna.
Mat 5:23 “If, then, you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother holds whatever against you,
Mat 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go, first make peace with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Mat 5:25 “Be well-minded with your opponent, promptly, while you are on the way with him, lest your opponent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Mat 5:26 “Truly, I say to you, you shall by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
Mat 5:27 “You heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
Mat 5:28 “But I say to you that everyone looking at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Mat 5:29 “And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than for your entire body to be thrown into Gehenna.
Mat 5:30 “And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than for your entire body to be thrown into Gehenna.
Mat 5:31 “And it has been said, ‘Whoever puts away his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’
Mat 5:32 “But I say to you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the matter of whoring, makes her commit adultery. And whoever marries a woman who has been put away commits adultery.
Mat 5:33 “Again, you heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to יהוה.’
Yeshua took the ‘law’ off of the pages and placed it into our hearts. Not only is the overt actions that we do contrary to YHVH’s Torah but our very thoughts of the heart, desires are likewise contrary. Almost like what is written in Jeremiah: Jer 31:33 “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ĕl after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
Now, for the mark of the beast.
Rev 13:17 and that no one should be able to buy or sell except he that has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is the wisdom! He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
The ‘mark or name of the beast’ has elicited much fear, dread, concern and more. People are afraid to accept a phone number if it begins with 666 or a license plate or any other device with a number 666 visible on it. Even the bar code on sodas, bread, food anything that you buy at Wal-Mart or the grocery store or anywhere have 666 imbedded in the barcode. The last time that I worked with bar codes, for Uncle Sam, was in the early 90’s and there were about 158 different codes whose beginning, middle and ending parameters were 666. Is this the mark of the beast? NO! The mark spoken of is not even a number, per se, but letters, gematria to reach an equivalent value of 666. But nowhere does it say to use gematria. Maybe the letters themselves tell us who the beast is. What are the letters? Here goes:
Chi or Kai or X – This is the first letter of the dreaded 666 and the 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. It does possess the numerical value of 600. The following is taken from the Wikipedia: The most commonly encountered Christogram in English-speaking countries in modern times is the Χ (or more accurately, the Greek letter chi), representing the first letter of the word Christ, in such abbreviations as Xmas (for “Christmas”) and Xian or Xtian (for “Christian”).
Xi or Ξξ or ξ or Ξ – here we see the second number xi which has a numerical value of 60.* *Please note that not all versions have the second number as xi. Some have it as mu which has a numerical value of 40 and others have it as Iota which has a value of 10. Also, please note the snakelike appearance.
*Stigma later became digamma ς – it is no longer used as letter in Greek but has the numerical value of 6. Some versions of the scripture read 665 because of the presence of a character that looks similar to the lowercase epsilon ɛ.
So, what John saw in his vision were three letters and they looked something like this: Χ-ξ-ς or X (Snake) S
Num 6:23 “Speak to Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is how you bless the children of Yisra’ĕl. Say to them:
Num 6:24 “יהוה bless you and guard you;
Num 6:25 יהוה make His face shine upon you, and show favour to you;
Num 6:26 יהוה lift up His face upon you, and give you peace.” ’
Num 6:27 “Thus they shall put My Name on the children of Yisra’ĕl, and I Myself shall bless them.”