By Martin Cisneros
Whatever the mark is and however creative the interpretations are that you wind up hearing about, it's torments are limited to the ages of ages according to Revelation 14:11 and Andrew Jukes has this note on the ages language of Scripture in his book "Restitution of all things":
Every scholar knows that the expressions, "ages," "to the ages," "age of the ages," and "ages of the ages," are unlike anything which occurs in the heathen Greek writers. The reason is, that the inspired writers, and they alone, understood the mystery and purpose of the "ages." They, or at least the Spirit which spake by them, saw that there would be a succession of "ages," a certain number of which constituted another greater "age." It seems to me that when they simply intended a duration of many "ages," they wrote "to the ages." When they had in view a greater and more comprehensive "age," including in it many other subordinate "ages," they wrote "to the age of ages." When they intended the longer "age" alone, without regard to its constituent parts, they wrote "to an aeonial age"; this form of expression being a Hebraism, exactly equivalent to "age of the ages:" like "liberty of glory," for "glorious liberty," (Rom. viii. 21,) and "body of our vileness," for "our vile body." (Phil. iii. 21.) When they intended the several comprehensive "ages" collectively, they wrote "to the ages of ages." Each varying form is used with a distinct purpose and meaning. -- end of quote.
To say that it's just a mentality doesn't work for me 'cause if it's a mentality, then it's evidently already "in Hell." That being the case, then how could it go to Hell in a special way in a sense that it's not already in Hell when Revelation 14 says that those that receive that mark are going to burn for it? That's separate and distinct from any sense in which a mental state would already be burning in it's own corrupt juices. I've heard some say that the idea behind torment in that chapter is touch stoning. That's only helpful from our perspective and to our perspective.
To it's recipients it's unquestionably torment, whatever higher purpose is buried in the Greek, in better translations, and in the mind of the Spirit. If you were in that touch stoning right now, there's no question mark on the fact that you'd be wailing like a child; totally bellowing. But since the implication of Revelation is the Lake of Fire for those that receive this mark, and it's the removal of one's name from the Lamb's book of life, and since the Lake of Fire is the second death, then the laws of 1Corinthians 15 apply about death being the last enemy is to be abolished, because what's mortal must put on immortality and what's corruptible must put on incorruption so that the saying is brought to pass that's written death is swallowed up in victory, "Where, Death, is your sting? Where, Hell, is your victory??" As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, but each in His own order...then comes "the completion" when He delivers up all to the Father.
Some have asked if the mark of the beast is a creature come to wreak havoc and bring a slaughter to the saints all over again. Revelation 13 says:
7 And to it was given to do battle with the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given to it over every tribe and people and language and nation.
8 And all who are dwelling on the earth will be worshiping it, everyone whose name is not written in the scroll of life of the Lambkin slain from the disruption of the world.
9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear. (Revelation 13:7-9)
On a spirtual note, however, it's looking like having one's name written in the Lamb's book of life is related to whether or not you're daily standing on the 91st Psalm, Isaiah 54, and the other protective promises of the Word; whether or not you're daily rejoicing in the Lord for that being one of His benefits, as Psalm 103 would put it. I've counted 5 references so far regarding people whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life in relation to being delivered from temporal calamities. Luke 10:19 says nothing will hurt you -- one of the more famous authority passages regarding serpents and scorpions -- and verse 20 says to rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
I could demonstrate from Philippians where St. Paul expected nothing to be able to harm him, bodily, without his permission, and then chapter 4 says his name's written in the Lamb's book of life. One of the letters to the Churches in Revelation, your name won't get erased and you won't be hurt by the second death. Then this in chapter 13 that I've quoted above that if your name's not written in the book, you're prevailed against and conquered by the beast and your torment will ascend to the ages of ages according to the following chapter. Chapter 20 of Revelation, if the name's not in the book, then you'll be in the 2Peter 3 conflagration if you're on the earth at that time.
Revelation 3:5 connects having one's name written in the Lamb's Book of Life with the High Priestly ministry of Jesus in the book of Hebrews where He stands watch over the words of our mouths to bring them to pass. So, having one's name in the book is about having a working understanding with Jesus's ongoing present day ministry and being a partaker of His grace and mercy from the throne of grace with boldness, and only with boldness as Hebrews 4:16 would indicate, so that we enter into that rest as He brings our words to pass as we follow Him wherever He goes, as Revelation 7 says.
I'm really surprised that I'd never connected the Lamb's Book of Life before with the Covenant of His High Priesthood, even as one who regularly practices the petition form of prayer with having those Scriptures with me everywhere that I go that I'm standing on at the time signed and dated of when I believe I received when I prayed according to Mark 11:24 and countless other passages. I'm astonished that I'd never seen that before that the book of life has the names of those that realize that His promises aren't yes and no. No one who regards His promises as yes and no has any part with Him in His High Priestly ministry. Duh! That just completely clarified for me.
The wisdom of the 666 situation, according to Revelation 13 is that one's name is removed from the book of life the moment they enter into the deceitfulness of riches in thinking that they have to add to themselves through the buying, selling, or holding a job when we're supposed to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and have all of these things added to us, being rich in good works ready to give and distribute laying a good foundation for the time to come when we need to lay hold on that eonian life to meet each of the needs of this life.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ IS that He that was rich became poor that we through His poverty on the Cross would be made rich, according to 2Corinthians 8:9. Our needs are met by our giving and our holding fast to our confession of faith without wavering, knowing that He's faithful that promised to confess our names before the Father and His angels to see to it that our every need is abundantly met according to His riches in glory through His High Priestly ministry. We can do all things through that High Priestly ministry of His that strengthens us 'cause His High Priestly ministry is His Present Day reality through which He dispenses the grace, or sufficiency of God.
The 666 point is the point where we sever ourselves from the grace and faith of His righteousness, going about to establish our own righteousness and not submitting ourselves to the righteousness of God. Anything that's in our lives that's not a matter of our sowing and reaping and our every single word coming to pass through His High Priestly ministry has 666 all over it. And it's going to burn in the 1Corinthians 5 flames and we're not even going to get credit for it, even if we gave our bodies to be burned for it, according to 1Corinthians 13. But if we did it outside of the living realities of faith, expectancy, and love, then it was just a bunch of noise rather than an odor of a sweet savour to Him, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.