Subject: The Anti-Christ
Thank you for your letter. You Ask these two questions:
I was wondering if you know, what does 666 mean?
The number 666 is a very misunderstood number. There are many who believe that it is the number of a man's name. They assign numbers to everyone's name, even when the letters do not have numbers assigned to them in the language they use. There are many who believe that this is the number that the Antichrist will force people to have on their hand or forehead. There are may who go out of their way to see the number 666 in everything around them, in every picture, in every symbol. These people have claimed that the number has been deliberately inserted into many trade marks, in bar codes, in pictures, in postal stamps, etc. The list is almost endless, and to find these six's in these objects takes a really weird, vary wild imagination.
The truth is that you need have no fear of receiving the mark of the Beast in some hidden way. Those who will receive this mark will do so willingly with the full knowledge of what they are receiving.
The number 666 is taken from the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Revelation 13:18
Note here that it DOES NOT say that 666 is the number of a man's name, it DOES SAY that it is the number OF A MAN. (period). We will come back to that. Where they jump to the conclusion that mark, and or number, is the number of his name, comes from the verse directly above, Revelation 13:17
It does say that the mark might consist of the number of his name. But let us examine that. The Mark could be any kind of a mark that the Antichrist chooses. The mark could be, or incorporate, the actual name of the Beast. Or the mark could be, or incorporate, the numeric number of the Beast's name, which could be any number. The number of his name does not have to be the number of a man as given in Revelation 13:18. There is a warning in verse 18 that not everyone will have understanding.
There are many that will claim that anything that has the number 666 is Satanic, but that is not true, that is only their weird interpretation, for they do not have the wisdom to understand. The Bible itself uses the number 666 in several books of the Bible. In Ezra 2:13, this is the number of the children of Adonikam. 1 Kings 10:14, and 2 Chronicles 9:12, This is the pay for Solomon in one year, as well as in the Book of Revelation.
The number of a name can only be calculated correctly when the name is in a language where the letters of their alphabet are also assigned a number as part of their mathematical system, such as Latin, Greek, etc. If numbers are assigned to any other language alphabet when they have a separate number system, such as English, then it is not valid as thay are inventing something just to fit their ideas.
Without going into a study on how numbers are used in the Bible and their meanings, I give the following
The number of God is 7. Throughout the bible the number 7 is associated with God, associated with perfection, so the number 7 raised to the highest is 777, the trinity times perfection, according to those who have studied the number relationships in the Bible. The number of man is 6, The number 6 is tied repeatedly to man in the Bible, so the number 6 raised to the highest would be 666, or man who is 100% only for man, or a super man, or the evil trinity of man, according to those who have studied the number relationships in the Bible. Since the Antichrist will be a man who is part of the evil trinity of man, and will be the most worldly man ever created, it would seem that this explanation would fit with what it says in Revelation 13:18, the number of man, not the number of his name.
I have no divine revelation on this meaning of the number 666. I can only give you what I see the Bible as saying.
How long will the Anti-Christ reign for?
For seven years, the length of the Tribulation period. His reign will begin when he brings peace to the earth. And will end when Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom at armageddon seven years later. The prophecies in the Book of Daniel shows that the world and the Jews have seven more years to live under Jewish Mosaic Law. Christianity will come to and end when the Bride of Christ is raptured off the earth to meet Jesus in the air, and Jewish Law will start again.
May this answer your questions.
May God lead you into All of His Truths
Rev. Jack Barr