Having the NAME of the BEAST
Who has the "name of the beast" and will be left out of the kingdom of God? Learn the mark of the beast and what it means.
Understanding the name of the beast will require understanding what a name represents. In addition to this, it will also be important to know what is a beast in the Bible. These two pieces of knowledge will give a complete understanding of this topic.
This knowledge is important because of the following passage, which speaks of the mark of the beast. It highlights that anyone without the name of the beast will not be able to buy or sell. Also, anyone found with the mark of the beast will not enter the kingdom of heaven but be punished for their choice (Revelation 14:9-11).
16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
To come in a NAME
A king sent his messenger to another kingdom to deliver a message to its inhabitants. The messenger gave the message as instructed, proclaiming he came in the king's name, but the news caused much distress amongst the natives; they killed the messenger. The reason was that the messenger claimed himself to be the king and thus deserved to die for blasphemy.
But was it blasphemy? Since the messenger proclaimed that he came in the king's name, shouldn't he speak as if he were in the king's position? He is speaking the king's words under the king's authorisation and authority. Thus to all effects, he is the king for this purpose.
For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
John 12:49 KJV
I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.
John 5:43 KJV
Jesus came in the name of the Father and spoke in that name. The words he says, he speaks not of himself—not from his own will or his making, but what the Father has told him to speak.
Having the name of someone transfers that person's identity onto you for the duration of time you operate under that name. You stand in the stead of that person as you represent their interest and operate under their will.
8. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
John 14:8-9 KJV
The name represents under whose power and doctrine you subscribe. To drive the point home further, this portrays whose instructions you follow and appoint as your master, leader or head. The doctrine of the trinity makes Jesus God, but I do not hold that doctrine. Jesus, conceived by the Holy Spirit, operates by his own words under the identity or name of God.
Examples of transference
And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
Matthew 12:21 KJV
The Gentiles will come to trust in the name of Jesus. The meaning of this is summed up in the diagram below.
In another example, Manoah and his wife, Samson's parents, spoke to the stranger and enquired about his name (Judges 13:6, Judges 13:15-19). By asking this question, they were not asking for his label or how we use names today, but the authority he operated under—who sent him. The sender would be, in this instance, the master of this person and qualifies under who he operates.
The stranger did not answer the question at the time but answered in Revelation 19:12-13. His name at that time was a secret, but he revealed himself to be the son of God in Revelation.
The name of the beast
The understanding of a beast is a kingdom. The beast under the microscope from Revelation 13 is a rulership which has a doctrine opposite to God. Therefore, if one has the name of the beast, they operate under the authority of the beast.
Many people would claim that they operate under no authority. This claim is without foundation since people cannot operate without a philosophy outside of a greater being. Humans are not created with the capacity to control their destiny despite their best efforts to the contrary. It is either we operate under the instructions of God or another entity greater than us. The entity in question is the beast.
The world operates under the philosophy of the beast, seen through their many beliefs. LGBTQIA+, capitalism, injustice, discrimination, imperialism, medical malpractice (profiting from sickness), promiscuity, hedonism, hook-up culture, destruction of marriage, usury, legalised stealing, homelessness, the proliferation of inequality, turning incarceration into a business, etc. One consistency between these practices is that they all oppose the instructions of God. This fact makes it evident that they operate under the leadership of a higher entity opposing God.
Going along with the systems in this world and willfully or apathetically standing in opposition to God ascribes the name to you.
If you do not take the name of God, you have the name of the beast.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19 KJV
The name carries a lot of weight and shows that whose philosophy or instructions you live your life determines who you serve.
When you serve the world by doing the things of the world, in contrast to following God's instructions, you have the name of the world. The rulership or beast which runs this world dictates what the world does, and therefore you serve the beast.
If you operate under the teachings of the Son and consequently the Father—not man or religion, then you have their name and will be included in the kingdom of God.