No man might buy or sell (Revelation 13:17)


And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Revelation 13:17 - King James


⚪ Any right to teach or preach or baptize...

Rev. 13 [...]
13:17. [And] That no man might buy or sell. — "The 'buying and selling,' like the other features, is symbolic, and refers to dealing in spiritual things. [But It may be literally fulfilled as well In the year of prospective famine now at hand.] None may be recognized as having any right to teach or preach or baptize or administer the emblems of our Lord's death, except those licensed by some orthodox member of the Image, and acts of such persons ('unlicensed') are not counted valid." — Z.'80-1-2.

Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 214 + Cover

Z.'1880, January, p.2 ➤

vs. 17. “So that no one may be able to buy or sell unless he who has the mark, the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” The buying and selling here are doubtless symbolic, and refer to trading, or exchanging of spiritual things-truths. None are recognized as having a right to teach or preach unless they have these marks: i. e., he must have a theological examination to see whether he bears all the marks and reverences the authority of the image. He must either be a part of the beast itself, or of the number of his name-many denominations.

Source : 🇺🇸 Zion's Watch Tower, January 1880, page 2


⚫ Nation boycotted in his commerce

The seventeenth verse declares that no man can buy or sell without having the mark of the beast or the number of his name. This surely does not mean every individual, but means that every nation that will not conform to the beastly arrangement shall be boycotted in its commerce; and that is the open threat. In another way, however, the ruling factors in the beast, to wit, Big Business and their allies, make it practically impossible for an individual to compete with their combines in a commercial way.

Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, Vol 1, page 298, page 299 + Cover