posted on May, 3 2005 @ 05:05 PM
in the scripture, it is implied that "he who is wise" should be able to know who the "beast" is and do so from this information (666/616). it
should logically follow then that not only was "the beast" one who is a contemporary to the writer/readers, but also that there is an obvious
necessity for the information passed to be coded. it would be prudent at this point to bring up the fact that john was in a roman prison at the time
and nero was known to be extremely vicious. further, in those days, it was common to put a name in code by adding the letter/numbers together.
to get a glimpse of who nero was, let me quote from "Civilization - Past and Present" Fourth edition, by, Scott/Foresman;
pg 143 -
"We are now indebted to Tacitus for his account of how Nero made the Christians in the capital the scapegoats for the great fire: Mockery was added
to the Christians' deaths. They were covered with animal skins and torn to pieces by dogs, many were crucified or burned, and some were set afire at
nightfall to serve for illumination. For the spectacle Nero offered his gardens, and he presented horse races in addition. In the dress of a
charioteer he himself stood up in his sulky. Hence the victims aroused compassion, for it was not for the public good but for one man's savagery that
they were being destroyed."
to twist The Revelation to fit evangelic, dispensational eschatology is seriously erred.
 - and to imply that it is not based on reason is to remain ignorant of history, eastern culture and the bible. to each his own i suppose.
[2nd edit] - since 666/616 = nero's name/title in their respective languages (greek and hebrew), it is further evidence that those who were in those
days knew and were expected to know (with a bit of thinking) who john was speaking of.
from - www.abovetopsecret.com...