666 so what?
It is a mark of allegiance that is publicly seen, everyone knows who you are walking with, you have given over your heart to the beast, v8; materialism and greed are all important to you, v17.
But this is not you, it never will be, for you have another mark that is publicly seen, you are “marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance,” (Ephesians 1:13-14)
The dragon, the beast and the false prophet.
A satanic trinity, involving Satan, the Anti-Christ and a ‘voice/breath’ of evil. The Anti-Christ is probably not one human being, there seems to have been many in every generation, but there will be a final one for sure. The false prophet is probably a general spirit throughout the world.
Remind yourself today, the beast is fatally wounded, the promise of a “crushed head” (Genesis 3:15) happened at the Cross. Christ and the beast were slain, the beast is still alive though wounded. Yet Christ is alive victorious!
The Evil Ministry
Is to blaspheme God, v5-6; persecute and kill Christians, v7-8,15; deceive the world, v4,11; and receiving worship, v15.
Our ministry, of Christ, our response is certainly not that of a certain small group of Pakistani Christians who last week burnt alive 2 Muslims mistakenly thinking they were the jihad bombers. How dreadful a response!
But no matter what comes you way, it is patience, endurance, faithfulness, waiting for God to intervene and He will. Leave the vengeance to God.