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. Is the mark of the beast upon us?



On the 7th of November a WhatsApp by Pastoor Dirk Flemix started doing the rounds where it was emphasized that within the next two years and probably 2020 all of us are going to be injected between our thumb and forefinger with a microchip the size of a grain of rice.  The barcode of the packet in which you can order syringes will according to him become your new ID and if you have this chip you will be controlled by the Antichrist. So, according to him you need to reject this chip. He says that they will start with the State funded orphanages and microchip the children so that they will belong to the state. On this chip will be your life ID, credit cards, even your shopping smart cards. He also states that all our Bar-code scanners in our shops are already equipped to pick up the chip. While recognising the existence of the injectable microchip and that it in the wrong hands can be used for evil, we must ask: Is this the mark of the beast and is it really upon us?

He goes further to say that all Christians must remove themselves from Facebook as Facebook announced on the 5th of November that you will be required to register and enter Facebook with a profile pick which must be updated every 31 days. I searched Google till I was blue in the face and I have found no announcement by Facebook in this regard. All I found is an article by some lady named Jane Munchon Wong, a technology blogger that speculates on this. What I do know is that Facebook already asks some to authenticate themselves by providing an ID when there is suspicious activity on the page. They can then ask this person to upload a photo of themselves to show they are not a robot.


He also states that all Christians must get off WhatsApp as WhatsApp is going to require from you to scan your finger before you can enter WhatsApp. I also could not trace any record of such an announcement. What I do know is that for quite a while WhatsApp has given you various options to secure your WhatsApp to prevent others using it which includes a fingerprint option. This same feature is available on many Laptops and keyboards for computers and is more and more used in banking as it is a secure ID.


Pastoor Dirk then goes on to say that all this information from Facebook and WhatsApp are stored on a Supercomputer called WWWTHEBEAST.COM and this computer according to him is located at Cern Switzerland. This is not true! There is a supercomputer at Cern, which is owned by the scientific community and is used for the storage of Data provided by Physicists from around the world. It is linked to the Large Hadron Collider which is built at Cern with the aim of discovering dark matter and the origin of the universe. Or as the owners say it is: “to probe the continuing mystery of Nature’s subtle disregard for invariance.” This computer produces 100 000 events per hour. Neither Facebook nor WhatsApp uploads to this computer as they have their own servers scattered around the world the same as all other large software companies like Mircosoft, Google etc. And no, it is not called www.thebeast.com. If you type that in on your URL, all you will get is a Revolutionary Blending Machine called The Beast.


The location of the Beast Computer has also changed over the years. Many years ago, David Wilkerson made a movie “The Rapture” and they fictitiously decided that there is a Supercomputer in Brussels called the Beast, belonging to IBM. And on this Beast, all our info will be stored. Hal Lindsey in his Book “Late Great Planet Earth”, suddenly wrote about this as fact. Some people still latch onto that and know stuff. There is a website that claims that the supercomputer is now located in the headquarters of the European Commission, in the Berlaymont building in Brussels Belgium, and covers 3 floors.

Then there are claims of secret locations including the Vatican, South America etc.


Pastoor Dirk also mentions that you must switch off the location feature on your camera on your cell phone. He says as an example – you and your friends eat at Spur and take a selfie photo. All of this according to him is uploaded to the computer at Cern and one day, when the Antichrist comes it will be used against you. Not sure how your meal at Spur will be used against you except if you will be taxed on your weight after the meal. I think the picture he is trying to create is that Big daddy is watching you.


Pastoor Dirk also tells you to get off Youtube as they just released new terms this last week on the 10th in which they state that they will curtail Religion, that all sermons will be edited by Youtube, that you can no longer preach on sin etc. He states categorically that you cannot post anything on Youtube where you mention sin. I have studied these terms and found nothing of the kind. I know they have sharpened up on their rules already in May 2019 to prevent hate speech, supremist activity, and discrimination as well as preventing terrorists or violent people using Youtube for their purposes. However, Pastoor Dirk is really concerned. Two weeks ago, I downloaded some of his teaching which we listened to at our Cellgroup. It is scary how badly he interprets Scripture. I did not even have to point out the error of his ways at our Cell group as all our members are mature enough to spot the error themselves. Anyhow. On Sunday I went to Youtube and discovered that his ministry Trulight Radio deleted all their videos from Youtube. I would have thought the answer for Christians is to bombard Youtube with the gospel while we can, instead of removing the info.


And then he mentions that he had just received 5 syringes with chips from Sweden. Obviously, he ordered them. Then he states that the fact that he is actually holding it in his hands, implies that the coming of Christ will be soon and, in our generation, as this is a key sign of the times. Oh, how I hope he is right. The syringes he purchased look just like the ones you can purchase to chip your dog or cat. These chips cost around R 175 – R 200 and anybody can order them. Even those with chips for humans can be ordered by anybody and used in your business or any other organisation. I’ve been dreaming of chipping all our church members with a scanner at the door recording your attendance. If you miss more than 3 services in 6 months, we will release a drone to come knocking on your door.


Lastly as everybody is out to get you, Pastoor Dirk who resides in I think, Krugersdorp Gauteng, asks from all Christians to please inbox him and send him all your personal data, so that he can keep a database of all Christians. What a way to build up your contact list? This he asks for 3 times in a shortish clip.

I will react to his comments further through the sermon. We have a tendency to get excited about these things, but my desire today is to give you a little information relevant to this from Revelation 13 & 14. I cannot do justice to the text or explain all the theological issues.

Let’s march on.


It was 1985 that I started using my first computer for ministry. I could do some word processing, use a spreadsheet and a database where I could store the information of our members and type my sermons. I was asked by the then ABK (Denomination) to do a presentation for pastors on the benefits of using a computer for ministry. A senior pastor climbed into me and caused a major furore, as he clearly explained to us that we are now playing into the hands of the Antichrist and that very soon I will be bowing before the Antichrist. Well 34 years later I am still not bowing to anyone. As long as my computer serves me, I am happy. The day it tells me to reject my Saviour Jesus Christ and bow to a man, I revolt.

I want you to turn in your Bible to Revelation chapter 13 where we will read about the final false prophet and the Antichrist and the Mark of the Beast which is 666.

Revelation 13:1-18 (ESV) 1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon (Satan) gave his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marvelled as they followed the beast. 4 And they worshiped the dragon (Satan), for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” 5 And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. (Start now and never stop). 11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.

Wow, we can spend 6 sermons on this, to wrap it up in 1 sermon is a challenge. So today, I am basically going to read my notes for time sake, otherwise we will spend and hour and a half on this.


The work of God to redeem men and to establish the kingdom of Christ has not been easy. In fact, it’s always been a battle. And the reason for the battle is because Satan and his hosts of demons have fought God all along the way. The most dominant aspect of Satan’s war, the major weapon in Satan’s arsenal against God, and God’s purpose, can be summed up in one word, “deception.” This deception already started in the garden of Eden.

Satan is a liar and the father of lies. He is a deceiver. He is disguised as an angel of light, and his messengers are also disguised as angels of light though they are the demons of darkness. Satan is always trying to confuse people by covering up the truth of the saving gospel, the truth of the Word of God with lies that are masquerading as if they were the truth. Satan has, from the very beginning of God’s enterprise, attempted to barrage the world with demon doctrines, coming from seducing spirits through false teachers and false prophets. If, then, the major enterprise of Satan, in endeavouring to fight against God, is deception, then the major agents of Satan are deceivers, be they demons or be they men.


And as the world moves closer to the return of Christ and closer to the consummation of God’s plan, and closer to the coming of the kingdom that has been promised, you can be sure that Satan will escalate the efforts of false prophets. The closer we get to the end; we will see a vast number of prophets rising to twist the truth and to deceive and mislead man.


In Matthew chapter 24, we see some very familiar words from the Lord Himself. In verse 5: “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will lead many astray.” Verse 11, “And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.” Again predicting the same kind of proliferation at the end time in Mark 13:22, Scripture says that Jesus spoke and said, 22 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.

Now in Revelation 13 we see a description of the Antichrist and the last great prophet. These men will be Satan’s last and most awesomely powerful, deceiving, hypocritical liars. They are called beasts. One is from the sea and one from earth.


Let’s first look at the first ten verses of this chapter that describes the first beast. If you’ll go to verse 1, you see there is a beast coming up out of the sea. This beast is commonly known as the Antichrist. Though there are many antichrists, there is one who is the consummate final and ultimate Antichrist. There were antichrists even in the early New Testament time, for the New Testament says there are already many antichrists.

But there will be one final world ruler, one great political power, one imperial world dictator, indwelt by a demon spirit who comes up out of the abyss. He is also called the “lawless one.” He will be powerful. He will come in the activity of Satan with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish. This first beast out of the sea, this antichrist, is also called, by Daniel, the little horn, the king of fierce countenance or fierce face. He is called the wilful king. He is called, by Paul, the son of perdition and the man of sin.


According to our text, he is a blasphemer who makes war with the saints. He embodies all the evil powers of all world empires. He exercises the power of Satan, the power of demons, and all the power of men. He will be the greatest world ruler ever, dominating all the earth.


But he is not alone. In fact, he has a partner in this massive, satanic system of final, ultimate deception, who will come from the earth.  And his partner is the final false prophet, which is the second beast, who will call the world to worship the first beast. And they will buy the lie of the false prophet; they will bow down and worship the Antichrist as if he were God, and they will be destroyed and damned with him. The false prophet will come along as the greatest false preacher the world has ever heard. So, the false prophet then leads the world into the final form of world religion which is the worship of the Antichrist at the very end.


The Antichrist is then primarily a political and military leader. The false prophet is a religious leader. And here we have political power/military power joined with religious power. Political power/military power dominating the external world; spiritual power dominating the internal world. And they become the final figures in the false trinity. Satan, the counterfeit of God the Father, Antichrist the counterfeit of God the Son, and the false prophet the counterfeit of God the Holy Spirit.

They will head up this false worldwide religion who will be enemies of the true Children of God. We read more about this in Revelation 17:6 says this false form of world religion is “drunk with the blood of the saints.” Why? Because false religion has always been the murderer of true religion; and it will certainly be true in the end time, when they massacre the true believers and those who are the witnesses who adhere to Jesus Christ. In Revelation 17 you have a picture of that system, that woman sitting on a beast. That is a picture of the final form of world religion in the time of the tribulation.

So, riding right along with the political system will be this false religious system. So, what you have is the Antichrist gaining his power through the military, the political realm, and the false prophet gathering his power through the false religious system.

They will only coexist for a while. Go to the end of chapter 17 for a moment and see what will happen. Revelation 17:15, you see, 15 And the angel said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. 16 And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire,”

What happens here? The beast (Antichrist) on whose back the false religious system is riding suddenly rises and destroys that false religious system. That’s the picture. Why, Revelation 17:17 (ESV) tells us why: 17 for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast (antichrist), until the words of God are fulfilled.”

In other words, God wants them to be one not two. And so, the Antichrist rises and destroys that false religious system. And they now have a common purpose. They give over their kingdom to the beast. So, in the end, the only world religion left is the worship of Antichrist. It is then that the Antichrist sets himself up as God.

Now, in Revelation chapter 13 we see the worship of the Antichrist, becoming the central focus of the world. Revelation 14:9, you read “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,”

Verse 11 again talks about those who worship the beast and his image and receives the mark of his name. Chapter 15:2 talks about those who had come off victorious from the beast and from his image and the number of his name.

That image or idol will be established right in Jerusalem, and which be the focal point of worship, and he will be the only one worshiped.

In Chapter 16:2 we see again those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. And you see it again in chapter 19:20; and again, in chapter 20. There is only one individual worshiped from here on out. From the midpoint on, everything focuses on Antichrist.

Now remember that those who worship the Antichrist according to Revelation 13:16-18 (ESV)  will be “marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.” Just for interest. The micro chip is inserted into the left hand.

So, without the mark you will not be able to buy or sell, but it is worse that that. Anybody who doesn’t comply, says verse 15, will be given a death sentence, “As many as do not worship the beast are to be killed.”

Now what about the mark of the beast? There is so much that has been written on this over the years and as with everything else it gets adjusted as time goes on. Just like the plague of locusts in Revelation grew from real locusts, to the American double propeller choppers and now to drones.  In fact, it goes on ad infinitum, ad nauseum about what is the mark of the beast and what is the number. And I’m not going to drag you through all of that. But in ancient times in Rome, a citizen had to make an overt offer to Caesar to demonstrate that he saw Caesar as deity, as a token of his loyalty to the Caesar cult. It was simple in those days. What he needed to do was simply offer to Caesar a pinch of salt on an altar. Christians, of course, refused to do that and were massacred. That’s what caused the killing of Christians under the Caesars.

Now, the Antichrist has a requirement also which is an identifying mark. A mark that is visible either on the forehead or on the right hand which shows submission to his rule.

In the ancient world, such marks were known. While not everybody in the Roman Empire had to bear such a mark, slaves did. Slaves in fact, were branded just like animals. Another group that were branded was soldiers. I think Paul may have this very thing in mind when in Galatians 6:17 (ESV) Paul says: “for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.”

Further, in ancient times, many of the cults, many of the mystical forms of religion delighted in such brands, mostly in the form of tattoos identifying their allegiance to the cult. Very different to modern tattoos where people wear a tattoo of their liking, even Bible verses.

So, the Antichrist causes everybody to be given a brand or a mark that is readily identifiable. We learn more about it in verse 17,17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.” In other words, you can’t be involved in daily commerce. You’re going to starve to death, frankly. You can’t buy anything, and you can’t sell anything. You can’t get any food. You can’t go to the source of food and buy it because you don’t have the mark. And you can’t get anybody to buy it from you because you don’t have the mark. You can’t get any money. You can’t involve yourself in daily commerce. The needs of life are therefore cut off to you. “Except the one who has the mark.”

Now you get the picture. One-world power ruling the globe, one system of economic operation, and probably one central database with the name of everybody on it on some supercomputer. Very likely currency is gone; controlled credit takes over. And rather than a card which can be stolen or lost, you have a mark in your forehead or right hand, which identifies you as a part of the system. Now what could this mark be?


Now let me say this. Without a global ability to identify everybody such as you have today, the whole operation of Antichrist couldn’t happen. You need something like the microchip or whatever is on the horizon. Let me say this. You’re all in a database somewhere. All of you. And you know they know everything, because systematically you’ve given it all to them. Forget about Facebook and Whatsapp and a computer at Cern Switzerland. Your facial image as well as your fingerprint and all your personal data is stored in the computers of government and institutions.

Times change. What will the system be that can be used by the Antichrist? Over the years there has been speculation that it was going to be the mark 666 tattooed on you. Then it became the barcode, it also became the magnetic strip on your credit card and other cards, then our credit cards moved to microchips built into our cards, now they believe it is the microchip as small as a grain of rice injected into your hand or forehead. It is already being used by dog owners, farmers and certain products. People who worry about losing their dog, when a dog is found, they scan for a chip and if it has one your dog can be returned to you. The microchip in the hand is already used in Sweden and in some businesses in America, where it has replaced the carrying of a key card. Now before you believe this will be in all our hands in 2020, it has been around since 2004. In 2004, the VeriChip implanted device and reader were classified as Class II: General controls with special controls by the FDA, that year the FDA also published a draft guidance describing the special controls required to market such devices. In 2010 hackers already hacked into the chip’s software and installed viruses in the computer programme to which the chip was uploaded.

Guess how many people in the world carry this chip in their hands? Just more than 3000 in Sweden and a few others in America, since 2010. They use microchips to replace key cards and are also used by the rail system in Sweden where you can simply pay for your train ride through a chip scanner which is instant. This simply beats the scanning of a credit card. In 15 years since the original chip only 3000 and we are worried that it will spread around the world by 2020?


It has its advantages. They can store medical issues you have; you could even start your car with it and in so doing reduce theft. You should never lose it, and it is with you wherever you go. The benefits are legion. It can have its disadvantages under the control of bad employers, governments and even the Antichrist. The biggest headache to make this work is in the 3rd world.


The bottom line is that if you do not carry the Mark of the Beast, you cannot buy or sell, and it becomes a matter of life or death. And so, they will make the choice to follow the beast not only because they are enamoured by him, not only because they are deceived by the false prophet, not only because they fear death, but they don’t have any choice if they want to live.


Now notice what the end of verse 17 says: 7 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

This statement “the name of the beast or the number of its nameis very hard to interpret. I can’t know any more about it than what I can see, and you can see as well. They have the mark. And then he says, literally, “the name of the beast or the number of his name.” It is an identifying name and number system. The beast has a name, but inherent in his system is a numbering. Impossible to know exactly what his name is, and impossible to know exactly what the number significance is. But people will take the mark and somehow it is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

But then is added verse 18, “Here is wisdom.” People who are alive at that day need to be wise. And you want to recognize what’s happening, and you want to be able to identify this number when it comes down the line. Because we live in a world of numbers. Right? They’re always giving us numbers and asking us for numbers. How do we know, if we’re living at that time - how does a person know, living at that time, that what’s coming to him is the Antichrist number? How does he know that? “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast. The number is that of a man; his number is six hundred and sixty-six.” At that time, it will be calculable. I’m quite confident that in that day, and in that time, when the antichrist appears, the significance of this number – 666 – will come into clear understanding.

I remember when visiting Israel back in 1973 and 1980 that every taxicab in Jerusalem had a number plate that started out 666, and people used to say, “If you work for the Jerusalem taxi company, you’ve taken the mark of the beast. If you ride in a Jerusalem taxi, you’ve taken the mark of the beast.” That’s ridiculous. Some of them have changed their numbers now. But somehow in that time that kind of number is going to signify the Antichrist. John says the number of the beast is the number of a man, and his number is six-six-six.

Now, in ancient times it was common for language to be connected to numbers. In English we don’t do that. We have letters and numbers. Right? But in Greek, letters were numbers. And in Hebrew, letters also acted as numbers; and in Latin letters acted also as numbers. You know that from Latin. V, X, C and L preceded or followed by I’s. So, it was common in ancient times for language to be connected to numbers. Certain of the letters had a numerical equivalent.

Now, this may reflect something of that, that when the Antichrist comes, his name will have some numerical equivalent that adds up to 666. People have based their study of this on that kind of thinking, and they have given us so many things I couldn’t even recite them to you. They have taken every conceivable personality of any prominence in the world that looked like he might be a potential Antichrist and figured out a way to make his name add up to six-six-six in some language and by some concoction. Everybody from the popes, Martin Luther – depending on whether you were a Catholic or Protestant on that one – John Knox, Napoleon, Nero, Hitler, Mussolini, Kissinger, Stalin, etc. In fact, if A equals 101, and B equals 102, and C equals 103, and you go all the way through the alphabet, the letters of Hitler add up to six-six-six. A lot of people were sucked into that one, and still sucked into the kind of games.

What is vital to me though is this. 666 is the number of a man. What does that mean? But, what is the perfect number? Seven – God’s number. Man’s number is six. God’s number is seven, which is the number of perfection. The best man can do is always six. He always falls short. He can be the greatest and most fearsome world leader like the Antichrist and all he gets is 3 sixes. The number represents human imperfection. And man, at his best, at the ultimate of all human power, is only a six; he’s never seven. He is a six. His government is a six. His laws are a six. A deafening, defeating, discouraging, damning six. My God is a 7 and you can throw all the sixes in the world at me, and I will serve no foreign God, because in God alone I trust, and it is God alone that I fear. I have a God who is 7 7 7, thrice Holy, He will never be a 666.


There is a wonderful reason to stay with God in His perfection rather than with the Antichrist. Look at Revelation 14:9: “Another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand, he will also drink of the wine of the wrath of God. And when it comes, it’ll be mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”

So, here’s a warning to the whole word, “You take that mark and you are going to receive the wrath of God.” Now, you can make your choice. You can refuse the mark and get the wrath of the Antichrist, or you can take the mark and get the wrath of God. The wrath of God means torment with fire and brimstone. And it says in verse 11, “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of is name.” You take it and you will suffer torment forever.

So, for now, use your credit card, stay with your Internet Banking, don’t discard Facebook or Whatsapp for the reasons mentioned by Pastoor Dirk, enjoy Youtube and all the good it offers, discard the bad. Don’t listen to conspiracy theorists. But the moment we realise that the bearing of a mark or chip or whatever will cause us to deny Christ or be bound to the Antichrist, we revolt.


But in the meantime I will bear on my head the Name of Christ and of God, as we see with the 144000 in Revelation 14:1 1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”

I am sealed by the Holy Spirit and belong to Him and Him alone. Amazing how man is so fixated with the mark of the beast, but how little we worry about how God’s name is going to be imprinted on our foreheads. I don’t know.  But this has always been an issue. Remember how in the Old Testament they wore phylactery boxes on their arm and forehead and nailed to their doorposts. Those were ancient days. Times have changed. We are long past the primitive tablets of Moses. The iPad beats it by far. Whatever the system when we are alive, let us make sure that we remain committed to ‘Christ in us the hope of glory’, no matter what the world can throw at us.


The Antichrist and the prophet do have an end though. In Revelation 19:20, both the beast and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire.


Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church: - 15 December 2019.