Eucharist Seen As Passover Mark That Protects Against 'Number' Of The Beast
By Michael H. Brown
The idea that numbers carry special significance is of course known from the Bible. We're not talking about Bible "codes." We're speaking of outright numbers. Some point to "seven" as standing for perfection.
This was the belief of ancient Jews. In Hebrew, the word seven is "Sheba," which represents something full and complete. In Genesis 21, there are seven lambs as witness to God's oath with Abraham. And then there is the sign of incompleteness -- six, and especially 666, which is represented in the Apocalypse of John as the sign of the "beast" (Revelation 13:18).
In short, seven is heavenly and six often stands for evil. Don't we all get the willies when we see those three digits together? Road signs have been changed and so have telephone exchanges because of it.
But there is a counter to it, and as viewer Jeffrey S. Alpha, an architect in New Orleans, points out, it comes, coincidentally, in John 6:66 (according to the headings of the Protestant bibles). The reason he uses Protestant bibles is to indicate the importance of the Eucharist.
For incredibly enough it is in that chapter of John that Christ says His "flesh is food indeed, and My Blood drink indeed. He who eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood abides in Me, and I in him."
But in the following verses, especially 66, this offer is rejected by a good number who had been following Him. "From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more," it says.
"As a convert to Catholicism, I get very tired of the Old Protestant scripted version of the Book of Revelation so I decided to find out what the early fathers said, you know, the guys that hung out with John who wrote the apocalypse?" writes Jeffrey. "To sum up, it appears very clear that the mark of the beast is the rejection of the real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. God states in Exodus 12 and 13 twice that the Passover Meal is a sign in your hand and forehead every time you eat this meal. The Eucharist is the perfection of this meal as stated throughout the Gospels."
The anti-christ -- the spirit of anti-christ -- is countered every time we take Communion. We are protected!
"The Bible speaks of
marks on people in several places," notes Alpha. "In Genesis, God puts a
mark on Cain so that no man will kill him. In Revelation, John states
that the 'mark' will be the beast name or the number of his name and the number
In Revelation, angels must wait to have all of the 144,000 received a mark on their foreheads."
Clearly, John is relating the mark of the beast in the hand and the forehead to the Passover meal where when one ate the Passover meal, it was a sign in the head and forehead. Thus we see how important it is to mark and seal ourselves with Christ. The Sign of the Cross also comes into play. This too protects us, especially when used with Holy Water.
And then there are those numbers again. "John is speaking of the Eucharist, instituted by Christ at the Passover meal," says Alpha. "John 6:30-67 speaks of Christ being the bread from Heaven 12 times and states 7 times if you do not eat his body and drink his blood you will not have eternal life."
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