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BEAST '666' - A MAN'S NUMBER 666
Revelation 13:18

The Bible's Hidden Explanation

    Rev   13:18  ... calculate the number of the beast, for
                 it is the number of a man: His number is 666.


The bible almost always records numbers (both small and large) in word
form (eg 'two hundred and seventy-six' in Acts 27:37).

However, this is not the case for the number '666' found in Rev 13:18.

Apparently, most of the received texts present the number in the Greek
letter form - where letters are used to represent numbers.

Revelation 13, number 666
[ NB: Some received texts present the number '666' as "600 60 6". ] Reading the letters with a Hebrew perspective, that is from right to left, we have,
Stigma   = Stigma = 6
Xi   = Xi = 60
Chi   = Chi = 600
An excerpt from www.scripture4all.org.
666 Interlinear
A Strong's reference summary of G5516.
666 Interlinear
When we look into Scripture, to find other references to the number '666', we find the number in three other places. - Ezra 2:13 - number of the people of Adonikam who returned to Jerusalem from Babylon - 1 Kings 10:14 - '666 talents of gold' - 2 Chron 9:13 - '666 talents of gold' The last two references are clearly relevant. Both refer to a fixed annual income received every year by Solomon. The source of this income is not stated, but a number of possible sources are excluded. 1King 10:15 besides that from the traveling merchants, from the income of traders, from all the kings of Arabia, and from the governors of the country. The fixed nature of this income suggests a 'rental income'. Indeed Solomon was the recipient of a significant rental income from many large vineyards. Song 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; he leased the vineyard to keepers; everyone was to bring for its fruit a thousand silver coins (pieces). :12 My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, have a thousand, and those who tend its fruit two hundred (each). This rental income was also alluded to in Isaiah. Isa 7:23 It shall happen in that day, that wherever there could be a thousand vines(vineyards) worth a thousand (mina each) of silver, It will be for briers and thorns. These verses indicate that in the time of Solomon;

  1,000 vineyards x 1,000 silver x 200 people = 200 million silver
                          pieces                            pieces

                                                (= 666 gold talents)


  1,000 vineyards x 1,000 silver              = 1 million silver
                          mina                            mina

                                                (= 666 gold talents) 

[ Notes: a) Therefore Scripture is indicating that a silver mina is composed of 200 silver 'pieces'! The silver piece being discussed is likely a small silver weight. Suggesting the silver 'pieces', for the rental of the vineyard, were 'bekahs'. The 'bekah' is a half shekel weight. It was also the weight specified for the census collection, refer Exod 38:26. [NB: This would indicate that 100 shekel weights composed one mina. The ratio also derived in the "The Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin Prophecy" webpage discussion. ] b) A deflated value for silver was present during the reign of Solomon. Silver was in excess supply and undervalued. 1 Kings 10:27 "And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones" c) The word for 'calculate' or 'count' in Rev 13:18 is Strong's G5585 and means to 'use pebbles in enumeration'. The use of a word meaning pebbles indicates that the reader should derive the number of silver pieces being represented. (It is interesting that the above 1 Kings 10:27 also compares silver to stones.) d) Exodus 38:25-26 states 603,550 bekahs (half shekels of the sanctuary) was the equivalent of 100 talents and 1775 sanctuary shekels. Teaching that 6,000 sanctuary bekahs weighed a talent. Therefore, 200 million half shekels would equal 33,333 (200,000,00 / 6,000) talents of silver. Equating 33,333 talents of silver to 666 talents of gold. This would indicate a silver to gold ratio of 50:1. A single gold coin would be considered worth the equivalent of 50 silver coins of the same weight. e) While the collection of vineyard rental from each person is stated as having been in silver, it is evident that those responsible for collection and forwarding to king Solomon would have paid the king's treasury in gold. f) NB: The number 200,000,000 is also mentioned in Revelation 9:16, referring to the number of mounted horsemen bound at the river Euphrates. ]

Why the Unusual Presentation of the Number 666?
As this unusual 'numeric/letter form' of presentation is only encountered in this verse, there has to be a meaningful reason for the adoption of this format. Two perspectives can be seen. 1) The format allows a simple splitting of 666 into three numbers 6, 60 and 600. Each of these numbers can be used to allude to the infamous 30 shekels of silver. 6 '5 shekel' weights = 30 shekels of silver 60 bekahs = 30 shekels of silver 600 gerahs = 30 shekels of silver Indicating a clear reference to a traitor. 2) A progressive recognition of the number is also possible. Initial letter only = 6 Initial two letters = 66 All three letters = 666 It is interesting that all three numbers 6, 66, 666 have a common attribute. They are all numbers which are results of counting upwards from 1. i.e. 1+2+3 = 6 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11 = 66 1+2+3+4 ... 33+34+35+36 = 666. It is somewhat unusual that these three numbers 6, 66 and 666 have this feature. Consider the upper counted numbers, ie 3, 11 and 36. The number 3 has biblical significance, the number 11 has limited significance and 36 (being 3 x 12) could be given some relevance. However, if these numbers 3, 11, and 36 are added together we have 3+11+36 = 50. As has already been noted, 50 is the number which allows the conversion of Solomon's vineyard rental income from silver to gold.
From the above verses it appears that Solomon, as king of Israel, had control of Israel's vineyards and rented them to whomever he pleased. Indicating that in the same way the future beast will control who it is that will be permitted to tend and profit from the various spiritual vineyards of God. In other words, who would be able to 'buy or sell' in the wine/teachings of God. The name/number of the beast is said to also be the number of a man (Rev 13:17-18). Obviously Israel is the name of a nation, but it is also the name of a symbolic 'son of God'. Exod 4:22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the Lord: "Israel is My son, My firstborn." [ Notes: a) At a lesser level, we know that Jacob's name was changed by God to 'Israel' (Gen 32:27-28). b) The number 666 also suggests a 2nd lesser connection to another actual person, King Solomon. ] Conclusion: Given the less than favourable descriptions of the Revelation 13 beasts, the teaching is; - In the end-time there will arise within the 'arena of faith' a deceptive and spiritually controlling entity which will suppress dissent and subvert the thoughts and actions of many.

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