Where is the ‘Mark of the Beast’ Found in Scripture?
Where Does the Bible Say 666?
The Scripture passage relating to the “Mark of the Beast” is found Revelation 13:16-18:
“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: 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. 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.”
The above noted passage informs us of the universal religious influence of this counterfeit Holy Spirit. The mark is placed in the most conspicuous place of the body, i.e., the forehead or right hand. The “mark” (Greek word charagma) means an impression made by a stamp like a brand used on slaves and animals, or a stamp placed on an official document. During those terrible days known as the Great Tribulation, people without the mark of the Beast will be unable to buy, sell, or trade. Life will come to a grinding halt without that mark. The False Prophet will ration commodities only to those who have the mark of the Beast.
The mark of the Beast is explained as being a triple six–“the number of a man,” each digit falling short of the perfect number seven. Six, in the Scripture, is man’s number. The number implies that this title referring to the first beast, Satan’s masterpiece, limits him to man’s level which is far short of the deity of Jesus Christ. (The Revelation of Jesus Christ, by J. F. Walvoord, p. 210.)
It is easy to understand that the number assigned to the unholy trinity is 666, less than perfect, but a multiple of man at his best, the highest Satan can attain. Hence, this is an appropriate mark for the trinity of evil: Satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet. (Liberty Bible Commentary on the New Testament, pp. 777-778.)