reply to post by karen61057
The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is actually a compilation of Old Testament references...
...the 666 motif comes from Daniel 3: ... here I will quote the relevant bit for ya...
You will never understand what is meant by the 666 symbol until you understand this story...
Daniel 3:1-5 "Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits
, and the breadth thereof six cubits
he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and
the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image
which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs,
and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood
before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, 5 That at
what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer
, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the
golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:"
Height threescore = 60, width = 6 and 6 instruments play.
In this instance King Neb was 'the man' and what he was doing was to force worship on pain of death...
...three men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego decided not to comply and were thrown into a fire...
...but they were not burned in the fire and a fourth man appeared who was like the Son of God
...here is how it reads...
Daniel 3:24-25 "Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men
bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose,
walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God
So really the 666 is not about the man or the beast but the fourth man who appears in the fire...
...so it is not a symbol of terror but or deliverance.