Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames


But what, exactly, is the engraving? The Bible says that it is the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. Revelation 13:18, translated literally from the Greek, states: "Here the wisdom is; he having mind, let him compute (count, add up) the number of the wild beast, number for of man it is; and the number of it six hundred sixty six."

That phrase, "number for of man it is," simply means that it is a number given by man, a number used by man. A similar expression is found in Revelation 21:17, where John states that a certain measurement is according to "measure of man, which is of angel." In that instance the same standard of measuring was used by both man and angel. But in the case of the wild beast, the number is a humanly-devised designation standing for the wild beast's name. So, set in English grammar, Revelation 13:18 says: "Here is wisdom; let the mentally capable one' compute the wild beast's number, for it is a man-made number; and its number is 600-60-6." That looks like an account number, doesn't it? An account number is a man-made designation used with or in place of a name. For example, each wage earner in the U.S.A. is identified by a Social Security number.

When the new economic system is instituted by technocracy, each person's account will be identified by his handprint or photograph. Therefore, only the appropriate computerized banking center will need to be iden- tified by the name or number engraved on his right hand or forehead.

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