if you suffer form "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia" - the fear of the number 666 you may want to read this;
the origin of the number 666 to symbolise evil was in the New Testament, the Revelation of Saint John the Divine (often mistakenly called Revelations)
- a book that for centuries has been interpreted by theologians as a document prophesying the terrible events that will take place at the end of the
In chapter 13 there are two beasts, one from out of the sea and the other from out of the earth. The first beast has seven heads and ten horns, and
looks like a leopard with the feet of a bear and the mouth of a lion. To this beast is given power and authority from a great fiery dragon - the
serpent called the "Devil and Satan" (a character who was introduced to us in a preceding chapter). The second beast comes out of the earth and has
two horns like a lamb, and speaks like a dragon. This beast is identified by a numeric code in the last verse of chapter 13:
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred
threescore and six."
One thing seems clear, at least on the surface: the second beast (Number 666) is somehow in cahoots with the dark forces that work their mischief to
bring about the end-time events
people have been eagerly looking forward to the end of the world, seeking out individuals they don't like and trying to make their names add up to
666. Likely candidates have been Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Robespierre, Napoleon Bonaparte, George Washington (and his alleged Illuminati double,
Adam Weishaupt), Lenin, Adolf Hitler, Stalin, Chairman Mao, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman, Prince Charles, King Juan Carlos
of Spain, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Osama Bin Laden, and both George Bushes - and, oh, I almost forgot, all the Popes.
The number 666 is strange and wonderful. But what would happen if we were to discover that there had been some kind of mistake and that 666 was not
the number Saint John referred to in the 17th verse of the 13th chapter of his book? Would the nature of evil change? Would satanic rock bands have to
change their tattoos?
Maybe they'll have to. Recently a 1,500-year-old papyrus manuscript was examined, using new technologies to "read" the heretofore illegible script.
The document is written in Greek and is the oldest known version of the Book of the Revelation. The tiny fragment confirms what many scholars and
churchmen have long suspected. The text actually reads:
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is 616."
what does this mean for us????????