I don't see how the Avian vaccination could have anything to do with buying or selling, so it wouldn't really fit the criteria as I understand
Here is my theory, though it's still a work in progress:
I think that material wealth and man's obsession with obtaining it, is the "mark" that is spoken of in Revelations. I don't think it is a literal
mark, but a psychological one.
The reference to "the right hand" may be a figurative one rather than a literal one.
According to Strong's, the "right hand" can also be a metaphor meaning "a place of honour or authority". It makes sense to me that if one were
to give over their right hand, in the metaphorical sense, to something wholly materialistic, then it could be said that they had become marked by
The same could be said about the mark "in the forehead". It seems that an individual who regards the aquisition of material wealth to be their
number 1 priority, could be said to have the desire for material wealth on the forefront of their mind/head.
There are other references to God's name being written in one's forehead, which I believe are also used in a figurative sense. I think that the
"marks" may signify our attachment to and obsession with physical and material things vs. our belief in and desire for a spiritual existence that is
free from our current physical restraints.
Also, the same word, "anthropos", which is translated in Rev. 13:18 "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." is translated in Rev. 21:17 as "And he measured the
wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man
, that is, of the angel
." and also in Matt.
9:6 as "But that ye may know that the Son of man
hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise,
take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
The word "anthropos" can mean:
1) a human being, whether male or female
a) generically, to include all human individuals
b) to distinguish man from beings of a different order
c) with the added notion of weakness, by which man is led into a mistake or prompted to sin
d) with the adjunct notion of contempt or disdainful pity
e) with reference to two fold nature of man, body and soul
f) with reference to the two fold nature of man, the corrupt and the truly Christian man, conformed to the nature of God
g) with reference to sex, a male
Anthropos then, is a term used to denote man's impermanent human body, which may be corrupted due to it's inherent weakness.
Based on that, and the fact that I don't believe our souls or spirits can be corrupted, I think that the "man" referred to in 13:18, is mankind's
physical nature and that the number 6-6-6 may be a reference to our carbon-based design.
This is something I have been contemplating, and I don't expect many to agree, but it is true that the carbon atom is made up of 6 electrons, 6
protons, and 6 neutrons.
Carbon is also a perfect representative of the duality in which we exist. For instance,
* Diamond is usually transparent (light shines thru), but graphite is opaque (shuts out the light).
* There are a tremendous number of carbon compounds, some of which are lethally poisonous (cyanide, CN-), and some are essential to life
* Diamond is the hardest mineral known to man (although aggregated diamond nanorods are now believed to be even harder), but graphite is one of
* Diamond is the ultimate abrasive, but graphite is a very good lubricant.
* Diamond is an excellent electrical insulator, but graphite is a conductor of electricity.
I think that people who receive the "mark" are those who choose to be driven by their desires for physical wealth and pleasures. By only focusing
on their lives as carbon-based humans, they become controlled by their corrupted material nature, and will have to suffer the fear-based agony of
their physical deaths.
In contrast those who bear the "mark" of God, have no fear of death because they have no attachment to their physical lives, so they can pass from
their material bodies to whatever comes next without hinderance.
Hope this was at least coherent to someone other than myself.