In my opinion...
The Beast, The Dragon, The Serpent, The Devil, Sin all represents nature. We are all born selfish to only react to OUR emotions, thoughts, until later
we grow up and become compassionate and understand that OTHERS have emotions, thoughts, opinions, too.
The Beast is the one who clings to Nature (like a beast in a field). It is one who understands the qualities of Strength and Selfishness.
The Lamb represents the leader of The Sheep. The Shepard being "God" himself. The Lamb is Jesus, and since this is the adult, The Sheep look up to The
Lamb but they will all be slaughtered by The Great Shepard (God) in the end as Jesus was crucified on The cross.
Even The Bible admits that those who choose to be Sheep (following Jesus's Teachings) will be prosecuted.
The reason why this prosecution happens is because when the world remembers what TRUE Christianity is (Self LESS Ness) they will be used by The Greedy
- The Beasts (The Self ISH ness).
1 represents leader, strength, ego
2 represents relationships, duality
3 represents creation (man + woman = child, this + that = something new)
3 also represents trinity (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit - Mind, Body, and Spirit)
6 represents MAN and NATURE because it is the day that God supposedly created HUMANS and it was the day that NATURE was finished being created (7 =
HOLY [day of rest]).
666 means Nature being the only Trinity - The only creative force.
It is the number of MAN because this is where MAN creates his life and destiny.
The MARK of the beast is in the hand or forehead. We can see that in these ancient cultures the "hand "represented "action" and the "forehead"
represented "thinking", so these are all clues to be put together.
Also, God's throne has 7 torches of flames. There are 7 archangels, and there were 7 days for the PERFECTION of CREATION - 7 was the resting day.
Aleister Crowley associated himself with The Anti-Christ because he gave the basic rule of NATURE (Mark of The Beast) - "Do What Thou Wilt" [ Forehead
- Keeping in thoughts Hand - Doing in Action].
(At least this is the best interpretation I can come up with for now).
edit on 8-6-2013 by arpgme because: (no reason given)