What Does 666 Mean & Is It The Mark Of The Beast, According To The Bible's Book Of Revelations

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The Meaning Of 666 According To The Bible & The Book Of Revelations
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What does 666 mean and is it the mark of the beast described in the Book of Revelations of the Bible?

There is a reason everyone avoids the number 666 and it is not just because of all of those stupid, scary movies.

The number 666 holds a lot of meaning; in the book of Revelations, it is actually a nickname for the coming antichrist.

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Why assign a number to represent the Devil? It all leads back to Biblical times when Greeks would use numerology to add up all the letters in someone's name.

This practice is called Gematria – weird word, but it helps to understand how the number 666 came to be.

In the book of Revelations, the apostle John said that if a person has true wisdom they can see the identity of the Antichrist.

The true wisdom comes when someone is able to identify the number 666, as it relates to the Antichrist.

Turning the Antichrist's name into a number was the best way to truly seek out its name without actually saying it aloud.

According to Revelation 13:18, "This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666."

The beast refers to the Antichrist.

So, we know that the number 666 is connected to the Antichrist, but why is it so crucial to avoid the number in our daily lives?

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While some believe the number relates to bad luck, others say those who use the number 666 are destined for failure.

The Antichrist is said to reek horror and chaos on our lives if we give in to the evil number.

The number 666 is bound to come up randomly throughout your life, but it is the intentional seeking out of the number that is considered dangerous to your faith.

The Antichrist has never been identified by an exact name; however, researchers have speculated that the Bible was hinting towards the leader of the Roman Empire at the time, Nero Cesar.

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Hated by many, he was considered pure evil. In the original passage of the New Testament, the number 666 was actually written in Hebrew, not Greek. This puts an emphasis on the numbers representing words and letters.

The Hebrew spelling of 666 translates directly to Neron Kesar. Neron Kesar = Hebrew spelling of Nero Cesar. Crazy, right?

The number 666 is in complete contrast with the holy number 7, which is said to represent perfection and purity.

Although to some '666' is simply just a triangle number, to others of the Christian faith it is a number that should be avoided at all costs. The number 666 is considered a confrontation towards God.

The Bible calls for all of its followers to not be fearful in the eyes of the devil.

Instead, God's people should be strong in the face of evil and walk with him towards the holy land. The number only holds power if you allow it to.

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Carlie Fox is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, and relationship topics.