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Finally, we can pay attention to the symbolic meaning of the number "6".
In Revelation, "7" is the number which points us towards God.
It's argued that "6" is the number which points us towards humanity (which brings us back to that slightly suspect NIV translation).
In both cases, the association goes back to the story of Creation. The 6th day, when humanity appeared- the 7th day, when God rested.
So the number "666" would be about a focussing upon humanity.
Which would be an evil- not because humanity is evil, in itself, but because humanity is not-God.
Idolatry is the act of setting up not-God in the place which belongs to the Creator God.
The raising of humanity itself to the place of God is that ultimate idolatry which goes right back to the Tower of Babel.
I've already suggested (in my previous thread) that the world-religion of the Beast would be focussing on humanity in two different ways.
There would be the worship of the world-state itself. I don't have the space to repeat my previous description of what Arnold Toynbee calls "corporate self-worship", when a society becomes its own god. He saw it in modern nationalism, and he foresaw the possibility that it could be enlarged to a "collective worship of Humanity". I suggested that this might be fulfilled in the worship of the "first Beast", which the population of the world would be worshipping precisely because they could recognise it as a projection of themselves.
As for the second Beast, the leader, it is generally understood that he would be identifying himself with the returned Christ (whatever other religious titles he might be claiming), and this, of course, would be the ultimate act of setting a human individual in the place of God.
So then, one way or another, the worship of humanity.
And that, I suggest, is the central meaning of "666".
originally posted by: Kais123
can anyone tell me the true meaning of 666?
Preterist theologians typically support the numerical interpretation that 666 is the equivalent of the name and title, Nero Caesar (Roman Emperor from 54–68 AD). (whose name, written in Aramaic, can be valued at 666, using the Hebrew numerology of gematria), a manner of speaking against the emperor without the Roman authorities knowing. Also "Nero Caesar" in the Hebrew alphabet is נרון קסר NRON QSR, which when used as numbers represent 50 200 6 50 100 60 200, which add to 666.
The Greek term χάραγμα (charagma, "mark" in Revelation 13:16) was most commonly used for imprints on documents or coins. Charagma is well attested to have been an imperial seal of the Roman Empire used on official documents during the 1st and 2nd centuries. In the reign of Emperor Decius (249–251 AD), those who did not possess the certificate of sacrifice (libellus) to Caesar could not pursue trades, a prohibition that conceivably goes back to Nero, reminding one of Revelation 13:17.
Preterists argue that Revelation was written before the destruction of the Temple, with Nero exiling John to Patmos. Most scholars, however, argue it was written after Nero committed suicide in AD 68. The Catholic Encyclopedia has noted that Revelation was "written during the latter part of the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian, probably in A.D. 95 or 96".
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: Kais123
I'll clear that up for you right away, it has nothing to do with the symbolism you are seeking, Mecca is 666 miles from Jerusalem in a straight line, when the sign of the beast was first written down from the visions it was written in this form of ancient Greek (bottom line) the image seen is most probably as is compared the top line.