NUMBER OF THE BEAST 666
NUMBER OF THE BEAST 666
Let's begin this writing with a verse from the New Testament Bible. In particular, Revelation 13:18:
“Here is Wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.”
-New King James
All Living organisms Must contain Carbon to exist on Earth as Physical Life. In other words, carbon forms the backbone of biology for all life on this Earth. This is science. This is FACT.
These are the building blocks of Life. According to your DNA, you are either a Carbon being, or you a Carbon-based being. Either way you are carbon, and that carbon is calculated to be 666.
6 Protons (atomic number)
Also keep in mind, 666 equates to the sun. 6 am. sunrise. 6 hours later noon, 6 hours later at 6 pm, its sunset.
The ancient Babylonians using the sexagesimal (base-60) number system from which comes 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute, 360 (60×6) degrees in a circle and 60 degrees in each angle of an equilateral triangle etc. 360 divided by 10 = 36 and 6 x 6 = 36. Babylon worshiped gods that were associated with the sun, moon, planets, and stars; involving astrology ... or Astro-theology.
Babylonians were the principle developers of astrology as we know it today and the pagan priests wore amulets called “Sigilla Solis” or “Sun Seal” which symbolized 36 constellations. In this system of worship, they had 36 supreme gods plus the god associated with the sun, which they believed to be the father of all the other gods and as such, reigned supreme over all. They believed that numbers had power over the gods they worshiped, so they assigned numbers to their gods in an effort to have power over them.
They did this by counting their gods and assigning a consecutive number to each of the 36 lesser supreme gods, and then, added up these numbers (from 1 to 36) and assigned the sum to the sun god. If you have not guessed by now, the sum of the numbers from 1 to 36 totals 666, which they assigned to the god associated with the sun. The calculation is below.
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + 31 + 32 + 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666
At the time the Book of Revelation was written, there was much symbolism in use by the writers. In cross-referencing the Greek and the Hebrew of the original text in Revelation 13:18, the numbers were key to understanding a more esoteric and hidden message. Numbers correlated to letters in the alphabet (aleph-bet) and those letters had meaning. The number of 666 (and 616) were stealth symbolism for Nero Caesar. “Neron Kesar” - in the Hebrew spelling.
Within the Hebrew alphabet (aleph-bet), there's a system called gematria, where individual letters have numbers assigned to them; and early writers would sometimes make reference to things and people by the calculated sum of the assigned numbers of the letters that comprise a word/name. For the name “Nero Caesar,” the sum here is 666.
Eventually, as time elapsed past the first century, the identification of the “beast” as Nero in particular fell out of favour. The “beast” became a sort of archetypal evil figure. Also, many of the vague “end times” luminaries referred to in the New Testament became fused. In any case, the beast became a sort of archetypal villain. 666 came to be identified throughout its long history with whatever enemy a given apocalypticist may have had in mind.
One more point. The word “antichrist” appears in just three passages in the Bible (in the New Testament letters known as 1 John and 2 John) and it does NOT appear AT ALL in the Book of Revelation. Nevertheless, the idea of an Antichrist is central to the apocalyptic world view that sees human history as a struggle between good and evil for the fate of mankind.
So, now we have a much deeper significance, and broader meaning and understanding of this powerful number, literally, symbolically, and metaphysically. The historical involvement of mankind and it’s quest for understanding the Universe and all that surrounds him, inwardly, and outwardly, has brought forth much discovery from the ancient texts. “... Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man ...”
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.