It's All in the NAME
In Part II we began to explore the named satanic powers from the Abyss released to compete with God for ownership naming rights over men. Where the Lord stakes a claim to people, satan stakes his own claim. Claims are established by naming what is claimed, similar to planting a flag. Satan’s bid to name people is conducted by a pattern of lures and threats uniquely related to commercial enforcement.
We further saw that satan’s naming plan is keyed to enforcing the name of a certain sea beast upon men via commercial threat, and that the commercial nature of the threat is due to the fact that the beast is an intrinsically commercial being. Its sea origin prophetically indicates that its power is to establish and enforce international commercial law, aka, maritime law, upon the land of the nations—upending all constitutional / common rights-protected moral law and due process.
Today, en route to discovering what this name is, we peer into the nature behind the name itself.
A Numbered Name in Commerce
As just said, we’ve established that the reason for the commercial threat behind stamping people with the name of the beast is because the beast is a commercial being. But today, the Spirit pushes us to further know that the name itself has to do with commerce. That is to say, the name to be enforced upon men is a commercial NAME.
The name of the beast is outside the realm of a normal human name. We are not discussing a natural name at all. This is witnessed by the fact that the beast’s NAME is also intrinsically connected to a number. That number is offered as an optional form by which the mark may be received:
13:17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the [sea] beast or the number of his name….
Why is this important to discovering the beast’s real name? It’s important because natural names do not come with numbers! No one is named John 76 Smith 034 when he is born. But in commerce, all names are tied to numbers from their beginning. Commercial names are numbered in order to be registered with the government for purposes of commercial control.
Now we can discuss whether or not the natural name of the coming man of sin also has a numeric value that equates to the dreaded 666 (whom many equate with “the beast”). I’m not contradicting that possibility.
But in light of Revelation’s commercial context, the name as tied to an associated number is clearly not natural. It is commercial. Therefore we may prophetically understand that the “NAME of the beast” with the corresponding “NUMBER of his name” are speaking of a publicly registered commercial name. This takes us a major step closer to identifying the actual name designed to seal the satanic ownership of all men.
The Artificial Nature of the Name
At the outset, we said that a name signifies both identity and ownership. Because we are speaking of the naming rights over living men, we presume to be speaking of living names. And regarding the Father’s naming, this is correct. We are referring to living identity—a living Name on the foreheads of God’s people. For the Father is the source of all Life.
But as for those characters from the Abyss, we are not talking about living beings. Such are absent of life. They are dead. We saw that the first named netherworld being is Death itself.
So too with all of them, including Hades, Apollyon, the dragon of Rev. 12, and the later harlot (“Mystery Babylon”) of Rev. 17-18. They exist, yet without life. And of course then, the sea beast which receives “his power and his throne and great authority” from the dragon (13:2) can have no life.
This is important. The dragon cannot create a living beast. Satan can only create that which is artificial—meaning, he can only create that which has an appearance of life or of being alive, but is not. Moreover, as the Father of Lies, what satan creates can only be counterfeit. He can only create that which falsely impersonates the living identity of another.
Therefore, the sea beast can only be an artificial, counterfeit nonliving being. This in turn means that the beast must have an artificial stolen identity—that is, the NAME of the beast must be artificial and counterfeit. As is its own nature, so must be its NAME. Such artificiality easily befits and harmonizes with the concept of a numbered commercial name.
In the largest picture then as we have drawn it, Revelation is telling us that by means of international commercial law, all living men worldwide are to be lured and ultimately coerced into having stamped upon them the artificial, counterfeit NAME of a commercially numbered nonliving being.
This brings us to the riveting question,
Is there any evidence in every day human experience on an earthwide scale for the existence of one or many commercially named and numbered artificial beings that can lead us to truly identify the Revelation 13 beast and its NAME for what they are?
The Mystery of Legal Incorporation: Master Key to the Commercial Naming Plan
The answer to this is a resounding Yes. We find the evidence for earthwide artificial commercial identity creation, naming and numbering in what human law calls a corporation. Following is the definition of corporation and corporate name as found in a law dictionary:
Corporation. An artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state or nation, ….. Such entity … is regarded in law as having a personality and existence distinct from that of its several members….
Corporate name. When a corporation is formed, state statutes require that such be given a name and … Only by and under such name may the corporation … do all legal acts.
Black’s Law Dictionary, 5th ed., p. 307
A corporation is what is known as a legal fiction. It overlays a separate pretend identity in law to a group of people as if that named identity was a single living individual speaking for all. As the law above precisely says: a [artificial] personality and existence distinct from that of its several members.
How interesting. For this is the very way John describes the sea beast relative to the various “heads” that comprise it:
17:3 … And I saw … a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 9 Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are … 10 … seven kings. … 11 And the beast … is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. NKJV
The beast, comprising seven heads, is yet an “eighth” head (or king) somehow “of the seven,” but still distinct from them. (Some translations interpolate the word “one” as if to say the beast is “one of” the seven heads it comprises. But the Greek only says it is “of the seven.”) One translation artfully but accurately says the beast “is out from the seven.”
This description of the “seven” in relation to the “eighth” has always had a confusing sound to it. But the mystery is solved by understanding that the vision is perfectly portraying the relationship of a separate overarching corporate “personality” to the members that comprise it. In the words of the law, the beast is an eighth “personality and existence distinct from that of its several [seven] members.” John is describing a corporation, or what might be called a “parent corporation”!
- Corporate Entity vs. Human Identity
So this is what a corporation is. It exists only in law, is not real, the law acknowledges it is not real, yet treats it as if it existed like any living individual. Thus a corporation is an artificial being assuming a false human identity in law. And the dragon has been breathing such artificial creatures into existence all over the planet for centuries!
Another word for a corporation is an “entity.” In real life, living men and women carry an “identity.” But in the pretend world of legal fiction, artificial persons are known as “entities.” (The “id” is missing.) Again, legal entities, alias, corporations, have no true identity, and are not living even though they are treated as if they were for legal purposes.
Today, the word corporation is so pervasive that it is hidden in plain site. The commercial world is comprised virtually entirely of corporations. And even men at large have come to see an inherent evil wherein corporations have basically taken over the identity of every sector of cultural life—including government and the church. (Buildings and stadiums are no longer named for people; they are named for companies!)
In all this we have begun to understanding what the sea beast of Revelation is all about.
Closing in on the NAME of the Corporate Beast
Having laid bare the artificial corporate nature of the commercial sea beast, we now also have the key into the nature behind the NAME to be marked upon all men. As seen above, the law says every corporate entity must have a NAME. Whatever is true about the corporation must thus be true of its NAME. No matter its name, it will be the artificial and pretend and counterfeit of a true Name of a living being.
So far we’ve established that the beast, a false commercial creation of the dragon, is actually an international governmental commercial corporation across time subsuming at least seven other major member government corporations (artificial heads) (—which in turn comprise how many other lesser artificial corporations, etc. How often does one hear of the proliferation of “monster” corporations “buying out” other smaller corporations who have “bought out” still other smaller corporations?)
So it is that the NAME of the overarching international global maritime corporation is a publicly registered and numbered commercial name. And it is both by lure and by its crushing commercial law enforcing capability that satan intends to mark every living soul by that NAME and/or its corresponding registered NUMBER, proving his ownership of them against the Name of Jesus.
Are we ready then to now discover the NAME of the beast?
Almost, but not quite! We still have just a little more foundation to lay regarding this beast before we understand how every man is to come under its NAME and its NUMBER. This foundation requires we take a brief detour to comprehend the origin of commercial corporations all the way back to the serpent of Rome even before the time of Jesus!
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