“Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13:18
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” Revelation 15:2
I kinda sorta view these two verses when it comes to the number as multiples of people following the beast, the man of sin, what most call the anti-Christ.
“I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.” Luke 12:49-53
“These things have I spoken to you, that you should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he does God service. And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.” John 16:1-3
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4
“Now we beseech you, brethren,, That you be not soon shaken by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
So it looks like there is coming a time of great pressure for one to conform to the beliefs of the vast multitude of peoples on earth who are worshiping the beast, the man of sin, the wicked one. When the restraints are removed and the vast multitude are allowed to persecute, imprison, confiscate property, enforce economic sanctions (no buying or selling), fire from employment, beat & kill those who oppose the beast then the Master’s warnings to those who will not bow down and worship the beast nor his image will come to the forefront. The number of his name is the same as I see it as the multitude of his followers.
It also looks to me like those who believe in a Pre-Tribulation rapture are in for a shock, it plainly says “ Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day [What day?] “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him” “as that the day of Christ is at hand shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” The falling away first or the great Apostasy first, THEN the man of sin be revealed the son of perdition! “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.” They can not gain the victory over the beast, & over his image, & over his mark, & over his number of his name if they are not on the earth to contend with the man of sin, son of perdition, that wicked one, the beast & his followers.
When does the son of man appear with the sound of a great trumpet and gather his elect? “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29-31
Pretty much lays it out: Falling away first AND THEN, man of sin be revealed, AND THEN tribulation, AND THEN son of man coming for his elect….
Look at it this way, on the one hand you have “According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, in 2010, there were 2.18 billion Christians of all ages living in the world”, 2.18 billion and that was 2010! and on the other hand you have “Combined, total membership of all of these denominations is under 90 million. If I generously round up to 100 million, then 4.76% of all Christians are non-trinitarians.” From QUORA.
So we have maybe 100 million or 4.76% of those who claim to be Christian who do not believe in the trinity and 2 billion who do, and if those 4.76 or maybe 100 million don’t believe in the trinity more than likely they don’t believe other doctrines held by the majority of Christians.
“Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
I like to call this the “many / few” principle. If the majority are believing it you’d better research it because it probably is wrong. Never, ever follow the majority! That is a good way to hear the Master, the Messiah, our King say… “Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23
“21“Not all those who say [Lto me] ·‘You are our Lord’ [L‘Lord! Lord!’] will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do ·what my Father in heaven wants [the will of my Father in heaven]. 22On ·the last day [judgment day;Lthat day] many people will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, ·we spoke for you [LDid we not prophesy in your name…?], and ·through you we forced out demons [Lcast out demons in your name…?] and did many ·miracles [Lmighty works in your name…?].’ 23Then I will ·tell them clearly [declare to them; publicly announce to them], ‘I never knew you. ·Get away [Depart] from me, you who ·do evil [break God’s law; practice lawlessness; Ps. 6:8].’ The Expanded New Testament.
So you see, following the majority just might not be a good idea, do your research, your own study of scriptures, rightly divide or interpret the word, a worker who need not be ashamed.
“Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“15·Make every effort [Do your best; Be diligent] to ·give [present] yourself to God as the kind of person he will approve. Be a worker who ·is not ashamed [or will not be shamed] and who ·uses the true teaching in the right way [correctly handles the true message/word of truth; or holds carefully to the true message/word of truth]. The Expanded New Testament
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“16All Scripture is ·inspired by God [breathed out by God; LGod-breathed] and is useful for teaching, for ·showing people what is wrong in their lives [refuting error; rebuking], for correcting faults, and for ·teaching how to live right [training in righteousness]. 17·Using the Scriptures, [L…so that] ·the person who serves God [LGod’s person] will be ·capable [competent], ·having all that is needed [fully equipped] to do every good work.” The Expanded New Testament