He compelled everyone -- small and great, rich and poor, slave and citizen -- to be branded on the right hand or on the forehead, ·and made it illegal for anyone to buy or sell anything unless he had been branded with the name of the beast or with the the number of its name.
This, of course, is the antithesis of baptism.
There is need for shrewdness here: if anyone is clever enough he may interpret the number of the beast: it is the number of a man, the number 666. See Rev. 13:16-18.