By Toni Wilkerson
Anyone who has studied eschatology has spent time pondering the passages in Revelation thirteen that speaks of the mark of the beast. This mark has captured imaginations and has become the focus of many as to how it would be placed on people and what it would look like when it was. Most have settled on the mark as the number 666. Thus the number 666 has become the very essence of the sign of anything demonic. This number has been applied to every despot and world leader that comes along. After all, this revelation would herald the coming of Jesus. Yahweh loves to hide a matter and would it not be just like Him to hide the meaning of this mark until the time that it is revealed to the world. This might be just the scenario that is before us.
A man born in Bethlehem is now going around talking about his encounter with Jesus. His name is Walid Shoebat, once a terrorist but has come to know the Truth. He has looked at the passage in Revelation thirteen and made some remarkable discoveries. This information will place a new understanding on the mark of the Beast.
In the book of Revelation Yeshua (Jesus) told John to write the things that he had seen (Revelation 1:11, 1:19). These things were prophetic visions that God showed John concerning the end times. Amongst these visions John saw the Anti-Christ and his sign. So, as the Lord commanded him he wrote down what he saw. This sign of the Anti-Christ, which John saw, has been known as the number 666 for many centuries. That is because our English translations read Six hundred threescore and six (Revelation 13:18). That phrase was actually translated from three Greek letters, in the text, chi, xi, and stigma. [FOOTNOTE]So when we read this verse in our Greek translations we find that it reads, and his number is chi, xi, and stigma[FOOTNOTE] (Revelation 13:18). But, John actually did not write the three Greek letters chi, xi, and stigma.[FOOTNOTE] In the different Codices we find that the syntax of the three letters are really three symbols. (for an explanation of the Codices or Codex click here) Below is a sample of those three symbols from the Codex Vaticanus:
These symbols greatly resemble the three Greek letters χ ξ ς. But John did not write these symbols in Greek. These symbols are Arabic. In order to better recognize the Arabic letters let us rotate the middle symbols 90 degrees to the left and then invert them:
We now see four characters that read from right to left. The first, second, and third characters from the right are two Arabic words and the forth character is an Islamic symbol. The character to the far right is the first Arabic word which reads In the name of. The next two characters, going from right to left, are the name of a person. That name reads Allah. So when these three characters are read together they read the Arabic phrase In the name of Allah. In Arabic it is pronounced Bismillah.
Below is an image of this same phrase written in Arabic by Walid Shoebat. Beside it is the Codex Vaticanus image shown above. Compare the two images and see for yourself. Remember, Arabic is read from right to left.
The next image is a symbol of Islam which spells the name of Allah. Compare it also to the Codex Vaticanus to the right of it.
As I stated above the forth character in the Codex Vaticanus is an Islamic Symbol. It is the image of the crossing swords frequently used by many Islamic groups. The following are used by Hamas.
It is incredible with the amount of analysis which has gone into the “mark of the beast” as recorded in Revelation thirteen that this has not been seen sooner. Walid Shoebat’s discovery which he recorded in his book Why I Left Jihad has opened a whole new revelation of this passage. As you study the passage with this revelation you notice that the allegiance to Allah is just the line that would be drawn between the people who are called by the name of Yahweh and those who are not. More and more I have seen Christians capitulate to Allah with phrases like “we all worship the same god” or “Islam is a peaceful religion.” The correct response to these seemingly harmless phrases is simply NO.
“The name of Allah” is the sign for the Anti-Christ. This explanation for the mark of the beast offers a more literal, simple, and visual interpretation. There’s no guessing, calculating, or mathematic equations needed in order to understand it. All you have to do is just look at it and compare it to the Arabic rendering.
There is no better time for the revelation of this sign to be given to the church. The name of Allah is on the rise all over the world. He is the motivating spirit behind Islam and his objective is to usurp the name of the one true God of the Bible so that the world would believe Allah is God. He is doing this through a lie that is being spread all over the world. That lie is, “We all serve the same god.” Take in the lie and you too could wear the mark on your forehead with no reservations (Revelation 13:6, 14:9-10). Don’t believe the lie and you know that the mark and band that says “Allah is God” is an affront to you and your God, Yahweh.
There are several core beliefs of Islam that are contradictions to the central beliefs of Christianity. Islam teaches that there is no god but Allah, Allah has no son and is not a father. The belief that God has no Son is encoded in the Koran in several places. It is embossed inside the Dome of the Rock in two foot high Arabic letters. I John 2:22 says: “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He who denies the Father and the Son is antichrist.” It is apparent and simply stated that the belief of Islam is antichrist.
The bible says that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the only true God (Jeremiah 10:10), Jesus is the Son of God (Mark 1:1), which testifies of God’s Fatherhood, Jesus is the Messiah sent by God (John 20:31), and Jesus died for our sins (Romans 5:6-8). These are the core beliefs of a Christian. If a person believes what Islam teaches than it is impossible for that person to be a Christian. Consider what the Bible says concerning the Anti-Christ, the lawless one, and those who are deceived by him:
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth (II Thessalonians 2:8-12)
Those deceived by Islam and believe its teachings do not love the truth. Those who do not love the truth will believe what the Anti-Christ says. It is important to believe your God, Yahweh.
There’s another defense against the lies of Islam. It is the name of God. And that name is Yahweh. God gave His name to Moses in order to give it to His people in Exodus 3:15. He said, Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. The word LORD in this verse is the name Yahweh in the original language. That is His name. And He said that He is to be remembered by this name throughout all generations. In fact, every time the word LORD is in all caps, in the scriptures, it is Yahweh’s name in the original text. The name of Allah is on the rise but, Yahweh’s name is also on the rise. It will be His people who proclaim and magnify His name, Yahweh. More and more people are proclaiming that God’s name is Yahweh. This is the name that the spirit of Allah is attempting to usurp. He knows that if he can deceive people into believing in the name of Allah, than they would not believe in Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And thus, lead many into the destruction that is stated in II Thessalonians 2:8-12.
Psalm 83 is a prophetic chapter that lists the major Islamic nations of today as the enemies of Yahweh. It also speaks of what Yahweh will do to destroy them. But the very last verse has a declaration that refutes the name of Allah. In our English renderings it reads, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that You, whose name alone is Yahweh are the most high over all the earth. In the Hebrew the word alone also means only. And if read that way we would read, That men may know that You, whose name is only Yahweh, are the most high.
The name of Yahweh in Hebrew (below)
Hamas with the mark on foreheads (below) as described in Revelation 14:9.
Stigma (uppercase ‘, lowercase ‘) is a ligature of the Greek letters sigma and tau, sometimes used in modern times to represent the Greek numeral 6. However, today the letters στ (ΣΤ, if capitalised) are more widely used to represent the number 6 or the ordinal 6th.