A Believer's Question

 I'm just wondering, is there any mathematical basis or computation regarding the number of the Beast, 666?

Response from Believer.com

666 is "the number of a name" (Rev 13:17-18). When the name of The Beast is known, its gematria (Hebrew gimatria - the practice of assigning a numerical value to a name, word, or phrase) will doubtless be found to be the number 666. But this number has, we believe, a far deeper reference to and connection with the secret mysteries of the ancient religions, which will be again manifested in connection with the last great apostasy.

Many names may be found, the numerical value of whose letters amounts to 666. We have a list of about forty such gematria in Scripture. Most names calculated to their Gematria value by men are ridiculous since instead of the gematria being confined to Hebrew and Greek (as it should be and which have no Arabic or other special signs for figures), the principle is foolishly extended to names in English, French, and other modern languages, on the assumption that they would have been spelled in exactly the same way; whereas we know that names both of persons and places are not simply transliterated in various languages. It is absurd, therefore, to attempt to take words from the modern European languages which use Arabic figures.

Gematria is not a means by which the name is to be discovered, but it will be a test and a proof by which the name may be identified after the person is revealed.

If six is the number of secular or human perfection, then 66 is a more emphatic expression of the same fact, and 666 is the concentrated expression of it; 666 is, therefore, the trinity of human imperfection, the culmination of human pride in the independence of God and opposition to His Christ.

The number, however, has to be computed (Hebrew pseephizo according to Strong's means - to use pebbles in enumeration, that is, to compute or count); see Revelation 13:18. It is interesting to note that the number 8 means Resurrection and Regeneration thus a new beginning and the word Jesus in Gematria to 888.

666 was the secret symbol of the ancient pagan mysteries connected with the worship of the Devil. It is today the secret connecting link between those ancient mysteries and their modern revival in Spiritualism, Theosophy, etc. The efforts of the great enemy are now directed towards uniting all into one great whole. The newspapers, television, and Internet, both worldly and religious, are full of schemes as to such a union. To be "Woke" and "Unified" in the many good humanitarian causes of social justice and equity is the call of today. There are societies for the re-union of Christendom and Conferences for the re-union of the Churches, which are all parts of the same great movement. They are becoming the beginnings and show the signs of the coming Apostasy where man, not God, is worshiped. During this age, "Separation" from good to what is Righteous is God's Word for His people and is the mark of Christ, while "union" and "re-union" are the movement and mark of the Beast.

The number 6 was stamped on the old mysteries. The great secret symbol consisted of the three letters SSS because the letter S in the Greek alphabet was the symbol of the number 6. Alpha = 1, Beta = 2, Gamma = 3, Delta = 4, Epsilon = 5, but when it came to 6, Stigma was introduced. Not the sixth letter Zeta ­but Stigma, a different letter, a peculiar form of S. Now the Greek word stigma means a mark, but especially a mark made by a brand as burnt upon slaves, cattle, or soldiers, by their owners or masters; or on devotees who thus branded themselves as belonging to their gods. It is from stizo to prick or brand with a hot iron. Hence, it came to be used for scars or wound prints, and Paul thus used it for his scars, which he regarded as the tokens of his sufferings, the marks which he bore on his body for the sake of his Lord and Master, and marking him as belonging to the one who had bought him (Gal 6:17).

This letter "S" is connected, not with "salvation," but with judgment, and is associated with "blood and fire," which, in Joel 2:30-31, is given as one of the awful signs "before the great and terrible day of the Lord come."

Apostasy is before us. The religion of Christ has, in the past, been opposed and corrupted, but when it once comes, as it has come in our day, to be burlesqued, there is nothing left but judgment. There is nothing more the enemy can do before he proceeds to build up the great apostasy on the ruins of true religion and thus prepare the way for the coming of The Judge.

It is remarkable that the Romans did not use all the letters of their alphabet, as did the Hebrews and Greeks. They used only six letters: D, C, L, X, V, and I. And it is still more remarkable, and perhaps significant, that the sum of these amounts to 666:­

1. D = 500

2. C = 100

3. L = 50

4. X = 10

5. V = 5

6. I = 1

It will be seen from this that the number 666 is very far-reaching and is filled with a meaning deeper, perhaps, than anything we have yet discovered. One thing, however, is certain, and that is that the triple 6 marks the culmination of man's opposition to God in the person of the coming Antichrist.

A further illustration of the significance of this number is seen in the fact the Duration of the old Assyrian empire was 666 years before Babylon conquered it.

Jerusalem was trodden down by the Roman Empire exactly 666 years from the battle of Actium, BC 31, to the Saracen conquest in AD 636.

There are three men who stand out in Scripture as the avowed enemies of God and of His people. Each is branded with this number 6 that we may not miss their significance:

1. Goliath, whose height was 6 cubits, and he had 6 pieces of armor; his spear's head weighed 600 shekels of iron (1 Sam 17:4-7).

2. Nebuchadnezzar, whose "image" he set up,** and was 60 cubits high and 6 cubits broad (Dan 3:1), and which was worshipped when the music was heard from 6 specified instruments,*** and

3. The Beast, whose number is 666.

** We must distinguish the "image" that he set up from the "man" of whom he afterward dreamt. The proportions are not the same. The height of a man is to his breadth, not as Dan. 10:1. Some have therefore thought that this "image" may have been an obelisk. But as the word for "image" denotes a form or likeness, it may have been like the form of a man standing on a pedestal of which the height was included. The pedestal is probably 24 (6x4) cubits, and the image is 36 (6x6).

*** The numerical value (by gematria) of the words in Daniel 3:1, which describe the setting up of this image, is 4662. The very figures are significant, but still more so are the factors of this number, 4662 = 7 x 666.

In the first, we have one six connected with the pride of fleshly might.
In the second, we have two sixes connected with the pride of absolute dominion.
In the third, we have three sixes connected with the pride of Satanic guidance.

The Talents of Gold brought to Solomon in a year were 666 (1 Kings 10:14). But this perfection of money-power was only "vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecc. 2:8, Ecc. 2:11; compare 1 Tim 6:10).

As to the triple number 666, we have already seen that while one figure (6) is significant, two figures (66) are still more so, and three figures (666) seem to denote the concentration or essence of the particular number.

We see further examples of this in:

Jesus, 888, the dominical number;

Sodom, 999, the number of judgment;

Damascus, 444, the world number;

The beast, 666, the number of man.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you," 888;

The Lord God made, 888; etc., etc.

"The children of Adonikam" who returned from the Captivity (Ezra 2:13) numbered 666. Adonikam means the lord of the enemy. This is suggestive, even though it may be vague.

The number 666 has another remarkable property. It is further marked as the concentration and essence of 6 by being the sum of all the numbers that make up the square of six! The square of six is 36 (62, or 6x6), and the sum of the numbers 1 to 36 = 666, i.e., 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.

They may be arranged in the form of a square with six figures each way so that the sum of each six figures in any direction shall be another significant trinity = 111.

6 32 3 34 35 1

7 11 27 28 8 30

19 14 16 15 23 24

18 20 22 21 17 13

25 29 10 9 26 12

36 5 33 4 2 31 

Additional Gematria:
It is remarkable that the numerical value of the "Song Of Moses" (Exo. 15:1-18) is 41626, which is the product of the significant factors 13 x 42 x 70.

On the other hand, if we compare "the Song of Moses and of the Lamb" in Revelation 15:1-5, the remarkable value is 9261, which has the remarkable factors 33 x 73.

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