The 666 is in The Revelation which is a compolation of symbols from the Old Testament scriptures...
...here is the Old Testament reference for 666...
Daniel 3:1-7 "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: 6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a
burning fiery furnace. 7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of
musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up."
The 666 in Revelation is an illusion to this story...
...where a despot demands worship on penalty of death...
...who commands worship in defiance of a predicted succession...
...the image is 6 x 60 and everyone is commanded to bow down when 6 instruments are played.
Some believe such a tyrant will rise again and demand worship on penalty of death.
The 666 is not about who he is but what he does.
edit on 27/10/12 by troubleshooter because: (no reason given)