The Beast out of the Earth11Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. 14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
The dreaded verses of the 1990's church...everyone knew the "mark" was coming soon....and it still might be.
But I never really listened to the last verse of this chapter and find it interesting. The apostle is actually saying that those with insight should try to calculate what the number is. I find this interesting and I suppose a little less skeptical of those believers who spend their life looking for The Beast and his number.
May God help us in these last days. Give us the wisdom and insight that these verses speak of.