What Is This Mark of the Beast Anyway?

ImageJohn revealed that the number of the beast — the earthly establishment of Satan’s kingdom — which will tread down all the earth and make war with the saints will be 666. (Rev. 13:18.) Sadly, signs of the times ahead seem to be staring at us already. To a certain extent we already live in a day when “no man might buy or sell” without “the number of [the beast]….” (13:17.) Today, nearly every product we buy from the store has a UPC (Universal Product Code) symbol–commonly called a “bar code.” All UPC codes have the number 666 encoded in them. Bar codes, in general, are made up of lines of various widths and distances apart. Each numeral has a two-line code–sometimes more than just one code per number.(1) One of the codes for a six is two thin lines, a short distance apart. ImageEach numeral has a two-line code–sometimes more than just one code per number.(1) One of the codes for a six is two thin lines, a short distance apart. There are basically two forms of UPC symbols: those that have two sets of five numerals written at the base and those that have one set of six numerals written at the base. Every UPC symbol of the first type begins with a six (in the bar code, not the numbers underneath), has a six in the center, and ends with a six: 6,6,6. The UPC symbol of the latter type also begins with a six, but it ends with two sixes (three thin lines encode two sixes, sharing the middle line): 6,66.

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