Hi Cheow Wee
The 'Mark of the Beast' has quite a different meaning than of the 'Seal of God', not only in their meanings but also the words themselves (mark = charagma, and seal = sphragis). The word 'Mark' carries with it the sense of being an object like a coin that is graven with an image, whereas the word 'Seal' carries with it the sense of being a sign upon something that is finished and set aside.
If no one could buy or sell without the 'Mark of the Beast' and everyone must worship the 'Image of the Beast' then the image must be a representation of the Beast, and the 'Mark' is that which allows people to buy and sell……what is the one thing that could be? The only answer to that is MONEY. Roman coins not only had 'the image of the Beast' the head of a Caesar inscribed upon them, but there's also the fact no one could buy or sell anything without coins.
The religious leaders even asked Jesus if it was lawful for them to use Roman coins for tribute money and he had them describe what was on the coin, and of course both the "image" which is the mark and "superscription" which is the name were on the Roman coin.
Matt. 22:17-21 'Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.'Rev. 13:18 tells us that 'Here is wisdom' let him that has understanding count the number of the beast….it is 666, it is the number of a man. The number equivalent of the name Nero Caesar is 666; he is the epitome of all that is evil in the Roman system, which is represented by the Beast. Nero Caesar even went so far as to be the first living Caesar to have his image engraved on a coin wearing a 'radiate crown' which is a sign of deity, and the name he was often referred to by choice was 'Apollo' meaning something more than human.
Another interesting fact is that the amount of gold that King Solomon (the richest and wisest man on earth during his reign) paid himself yearly was 666 talents of gold. The Apostle John would have been well aware of the connection with wisdom and King Solomon’s 666 talents (that is money being connected with the number 666).
1 Kings 10:14 'Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents (666) of gold,'The term 'Here is wisdom' is used one other time in Revelation, also in reference to the Beast:
1 Kings 10:23 'So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.'
Rev 17:9 'And here is the mind that has wisdom. The seven heads (the beast) of are the seven mountains on which the woman sits.'We are to ask for wisdom concerning the mark of the Beast, part of that wisdom is reading and learning what Revelation has to say, and then harmonizing it with the rest of Scripture. It is those who fall under the deception of Satan that reject the salvation that is offered by Christ and thus worship the world’s riches that receive the mark of the Beast, for those who are not of the camp of the Saints are in the camp of the enemy.
If we love the truth and seek after it we will not be deceived, for God will reveal to us the truth. Jesus told His disciples that in the last days when much persecution would be coming down upon them they were not to fear for they would be given a mouth with wisdom. The Apostle James tells us to ask God for wisdom who will give to all men abundantly.
Luke 21:15 'For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.'God Bless
James 1:5 'If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.'
Dan 12:10 'Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.'
Psalm 51:6 'Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.'