The 666 is observed as a number of the beast simply because it is described as such in the book of revelation – chapter 13 verse 18.
Book of Revelation: Chapter 13 Verse 18
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.
Above you see the precise quotation from the bible part that assigns the number 666 to a beast. But that doesn’t really answer our question of why is 666 the number of the beast?
The answer is simple: no one knows. There are many theories and explanations but all of them are a fruit of human creativity. Some of the explanations attempted to give letters numerical values and bring them to the relation with the number of the beast. But that approach allowed almost every name to be connected with the number.
Book of Ezra – Who is Adonikam?
According to the book of Ezra 2:13 Adonikam is going to be the name of the beast. Adonikam means the Lord who rises up. But it can also be translated as lord of the enemy. Adonikam is a Biblical figure, one of those “which came with Zerubbabel”.
Zerubbabel led the first group of Jews, 42,360, of them, who returned from the Babylonian captivity in the first year of Cyrus the Great, the king of the Achaemenid Empire. This happened sometime between 538 and 520 BC. Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem soon after they arrived.
As we have already said, with Zerubbabel arrived Adonikam and his children. Adonikam’s children were 666 in number when they arrived in Jerusalem.
As for the numerical part, many people who studied the book of Ezra chose a bit different approach. When separated and computed 6x6x6 give 216 which some consider being the real number of the beast rather than 666.
Beasts According To Hebrew Gematria – Nero Caesar
Isopsephy is the practice of adding up the number values of the letters in a word to form a singular number. Gematria is an alphanumeric code used for assigning numerical values to a name, word, or phrase based on its letters. Both old greek and Hebrew languages used letters to represent numbers.
According to Hebrew gematria, Nero Caesar is the name which value corresponds to the number of the beast. When written in Aramaic using Hebrew alphabet the name of Nero Caesar looks like this: נרון קסר.
Translated to the letters that are understandable to us it would be written like this: NRON QSR. When interpreted numerically it represents the numbers 50 200 6 50 100 60 200. When they add up those numbers produce 666.
Mark of The Beast
It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.Book of revolation 13-16, 13-17
The old Greek term χάραγμα (charagma) means “mark”. The term mark is present in the above-mentioned line from the book of Revelation. It is fact that Romans, just like the old greeks, used charagma (mark) for imprints on their documents and coins. During the rule of Emperor Decius (249–251 AD), people had to possess the certificate of sacrifice (libellus) to Caesar in order to trade. Those who did not possess a certificate weren’t allowed to engage in any kind of trade. That prohibition goes back to Nero.
The point of argument between scholars is if the book of revelation was written before or after Nero. This is due to the fact that some believe that the book of revelation speaks of a prophetic event rather than history.
Additional Facts About 666
Seven is the number of perfection. Six is one less than seven and therefore symbolizes imperfection. Or, to put it in more simple words, less than perfect. However, when it comes to the number of the beast we have it repeated three times. Number three is present to produce the epitome of imperfection.
Mathematically, it is not interesting at all and is not featured by any interesting properties.
However, this number can be found in many interesting places. When you add up value from roulette fields from 0 to 36 you get 666. Fransoa Blank invented Monte Carlo roulette. It is even said that he made deal with the Devil for the secrets of roulette.
Did 666 Already Start?
When he confronted Jesus the devil offered him all kingdoms of the world. Jesus had the opportunity to become the king of every country that existed at the given time. All he needed to do was to kneel before the devil and worship him as the creator. As you know, he declined the offer and ended up crucified. Later he resurrected ad provided a second chance for humanity. This we mention because it contains what is called the issue of worship. That issue we have already encountered in the book of revelations 13:6,13:17 where it is foretold that there will be a time in which trade will be allowed only to those who worship the devil.
According to this approach, inside the mere core of human essence is an urge to worship. But the object of worship is a matter of free will. Every human being must make that decision for himself before his time ends.
The devil uses his old trick on people. What he did to Jesus he is currently doing on us. True, the devil is doing it on a much smaller scale as no man will be offered the world. However, he is still highly tempting. And he induces us into the sin of false worship without us even realizing it.
I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other Gods before me.First comandment
This is what God said to Moses when he gave him laws. This is the first out of ten commandments. And we break it through worshipping things that have nothing to do with God. While Lucifer might not be capable of inducing us to directly bow to him he pushes us to bow to other things. A good example is celebrities we follow on Instagram: athletes, actors, models… We admire most of them. But sometimes that admiration goes so far that it turns into worship. Since worshipping is reserved only for one God, directing it towards something else is the highest sin possible.
We have already said that 6 as one less the 7 which is a number of perfection, symbolizes imperfection. Three repetitions 666 are the epitome of imperfection. The symbolic meaning of the number is that human beings are going to worship imperfection and put it above the perfection that exists only in God. By doing this, they will stamp themselves with the mark of the beast. As for the trading part, it should also not be interpreted literally. Trade is the foundation of human societies. It represents the basic activity of human beings on daily basis. Being so present means that trade also symbolizes normal life. And when it is told that those who do not accept the mark of the beast will not be able to trade, it is probably meant that they will not be able to fit in and lead normal lives as other people do. Those people will have a hard time at work, at home, etc…
When you think a little better, can you say when was it the last time that you met somebody who did not have Facebook or Instagram account and that he didn’t follow at least one celebrity?