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"Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems man face"
- Ronald Reagan
We've all heard about the infamous number 666, which is rather cryptically referred to as the "number of the beast" in the New Testament, and has more recently become known as the number of the Antichrist. But what is it about this simple, symmetrical number that's been giving everyone the heebie jeebies for the past 2,000 years? It's just a number, right? Or is it...?
originally posted by: uforunner
a reply to: swanne
There should be no negative responses from Christians (I've been one since 1970). The vast majority of serious scholars accept the "preterist" view of the Book of Revelation, meaning that the book was intended solely for First Century readers and was dealing solely with First Century events. Everything stated in the video in the OP has been well-known for decades. I had heard everything in this video before I graduated from college in 1972, and it was probably old hat long before that. Both 666 and 616 relate to Nero(n) Caesar, and moreover there was a rumor that Nero was going to miraculously recover from head wounds as the Anti-Christ is supposed to do. Even those who reject the preterist view and believe Revelation applies today seldom reject the Nero interpretation. Instead, they maintain that 666/616 applied to Nero AND to the Anti-Christ who will appear at some future date. A convincing case can be made (and has been made) that all the events referred to in Revelation were in fact fulfilled in the First Century, most notably the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. This is not as much fun as trying to figure out some way to link Obama or Putin to 666, but it is almost surely correct.