The Joshua Stone
666 The Mark of The Beast
What does the 666 of Rev 13 represent? It represents king Solomon! (In a manner of speaking)
Let's start here;
1 Kinds 10:14 "And the weight of the gold that came to Solʹo·mon in one year amounted to 666 talents of gold,"
Now let's read here;
De 17:16-18 "However, he should not acquire many horses for himself or make the people go back to Egypt in order to obtain more horses, since Jehovah told you, ‘You must never go back again by this way.’ Neither should he take many wives for himself, so that his heart may not go astray; nor should he acquire vast amounts of silver and gold for himself. When he takes his seat on the throne of his kingdom, he must write for himself in a book a copy of this Law, taken from the one kept by the Levitical priests."
That's right, the 666 mark represents the falling away from doing Jehovah's will, it represents the anti-Christ in opposition to the will of God. De 17 prohibits the king from multiplying horses and chariots, wives, and wealth. This is exactly what Solomon is doing in 1 Kings 10-11. Chapter ten begins by commending his great wisdom, but then steps through his decline - that is, he begins violating the rules for kings by multiplying gold (666 talents a year), multiplying horses and chariots, and finally multiplying wives who turn his heart away from following Jehovah. He sets up centers of false worship for all the foreign gods of his wives. So, the number 666 is associated with Solomon in his fall, his abuse of power, and his turning away from true worship.
Jesus tells us himself that this buying and selling is a symbol of worship in Rev 3:18 "I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may become dressed and that the shame of your nakedness may not be exposed," So then we are admonished to purchase or buy from Christ Jesus the refined gold from him and not the beast, and this is the understanding of the buying and selling of Rev 13.
This goes right back to Dan 3 and Nebuchadnezzar. He set's up an image of pure gold 60x6 to be worshiped, in defiance to Jehovah himself.
All of this comes together in the name and number of the man - 666. This sums up man in his fallen state. The number carries with it the fallen glory of Solomon, his degraded wisdom, his failure to follow the word of God, his abuse of power, and his allowing himself to be turned aside to the worship of false gods.
In captivity to Babylon the Great in the time of the end during those 1260 days 2/3 of our current brothers and sisters will fall to the mark of the beast, while the 1/3 will be refined like fine gold from their lord Christ Jesus. (Zech 13:9)
Let's recap; Solomon, Adonikam, Rehoboam, all denoted with the 666 monogram. This seems to be a theme, an understanding of men falling away from doing the will of God.
So in this way, in Rev 13, if the buying and selling are metaphors, If the "slaves" are metaphors then why not the words "a mans number"? It was man who sinned against God before the flood, it was man who sinned against God at the tower of Babel. Mans will is what is in defiance to Gods will.
So if 666 is a metaphor it represents the fall of man, mans inclination to do their own will, rather then Gods.
So when Gods people go into captivity to Babylon in the time of the end, just like in Daniel they will be presented with two options. Fall away from the worship of God and receive the mark, or continue to serve him faithfully.
Rev 18:11 "Also, the merchants of the earth are weeping and mourning over her, because there is no one to buy their full cargo anymore,"
Rev 13:17 "and that nobody can buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name."
What we have here between these two scriptures is a direct connection, the merchants are selling, and the people buying.
Now notice when it is the merchants complain, saying there is no one to buy their cargo, it is after the fall of Babylon. Therefore in order to buy or sell one would have to had been in Babylon. Therefore the mark of the beast, it's name, and the number of it's name can only be obtained within Babylon, and once Babylon goes down so does the mark, you can no longer buy and sell, you can no longer receive the mark.
What this also means is, having the mark or not having the mark is not extended to all mankind. This also means that the buying and selling is a metaphor and has nothing to do with physical goods. We have had the preconceived notion that the buying and selling were literal, and that people would need the mark in order to buy the things they needed, and you know me, I am a literalist all the way up to the point that it can be proven a certain statement is a metaphor, and here we have found one.
Now, since Rev 13:4 tells us these people worship the wild beast; "and they worshipped the wild beast with the words: “Who is like the wild beast." This means that the mark of the beast, and the number of it's name and the buying and selling is a form of worship.