The NUMBER 666 and the NAME of the BEAST
Without Using GEMATRIA
Why have I chosen to abandon the popular theory of 'Gematria' for determining the Name/Number of the Scarlet Abyss Beast?
After nearly 2000 years of Church history and MASSIVE traditional failed attempts using the gematria model by both theological scholars and laymen alike is proof enough, to show the number and name of the Beast, even utilizing in the last few years super computers, has little to NO fruits to bear for the 'millions' of man-hours expended.
One of the best alleged results by those who adamantly support the gematria theory (present company once included) is purported to be the name of NERO CAESAR - who by the clear admission of Scriptures themselves, respecting Rev. 17:8-11, reveal that the 8th King had to exist before John's day of his vision, and will futuristically rise from the Abyss over 2000 years later to reign as a King once more. How can Nero Caesar do this? Moreover, this alleged '666' gematria of the name of Nero is also based on a corrupted spelling of the name Nero (NERON).
Therefore, the theory of gematria is nothing more than a time consuming beast within itself, that only results in endless empty speculative assumptions and enslaves all who try to figure out the name of the Beast of Rev. 13:18 using this misguided methodology. There are currently over 6 billion people on this planet today, not even counting those before John's day, whose names are all potential candidates (some more so than others) for the theory of gematria and the number 666. Just how many of those names (if you could EVER translate them to either ancient Biblical Hebrew or ancient Biblical Greek correctly - NOT contemporary Hebrew/Greek) would actually equal 666 in either the Hebrew or Greek gematria models/methods, even as we currently speak - it is hopeless?
Meanwhile, there is NO way with absolute certainty (which is a prophetic mandate with this particular prophecy) of determining whether or not we should use either Hebrew gematria or Greek gematria - and of these two methods to complicate things even more there are several various alternatives of each of these as well - hopeless.
Moreover, even when you are successful at deriving a name in either Biblical Hebrew or Biblical Greek that equals 666 gematria, it will NOT be supported in Scripture. Why? There is ONLY one name in all of Scripture that equals the Hebrew gematria of 666, this is SETHUR and means 'hidden' (Num.13:13). While this name may appear at first to be promising regarding the Abyss Beast, it proves to have no Babylonian connection as the 'wounded head' must.
Numbers 13:13 (KJV)
On the other hand, for those who have given up or are simply to lazy to even try to find the name of the 8th King Abyss Beast, and go about wagging that we CANNOT possibly know what the name of the Beast is until he actually arrives - I must say, it will be somewhat 'prophetically late' to reveal the name/number of the Beast to people after he has already poked his finger into their heads and has started turning off all the lights.
Moreover, John would beg to differ with this preposterous assumption as well.
In Rev. 13:18 the word IS (present tense) is used when referring to the number 666 which implies that the name/number of the Beast was knowable even in John's day.
Revelation 13:18 (KJV)
Going forwards, history proves that 'gematria' has its birth in the Occult, Numerology, Astrology, and Kabbala. So while gematria may seem to be somewhat benign today, it was anything but centuries ago. So one must logically ask, would Jesus expose his Children to such a pagan methodology as a prerequisite in order to understand His prophecy?
Aside from the possibility of Rev. 13:8, there is no where in all of the rest of the Bible where gematria is ever mentioned by God - Rev. 13:18 NEVER suggests the method or instrument intended for determining the NUMBER of the Beast nor what particular TYPE of Number is intended to relate or equate to the name. Is it a social security number, house number, census number, god number, gematria number, etc., - what kind of number?
Meanwhile, Rev. 13:18 of the Textus Receptus cites the number 666 as Strong's G5516 (χξς - Chi, Xi, and Stigma - 666), while other manuscripts (Nestle, et. al.) of this same particular Passage spell each word out - hexakosioi, hexēkonta, and hex (εξακοσιοι εξηκοντα εξ - six hundred sixty six).
the picture below cites Rev. 13:18 from
a third century papyrus in the
Chester Beatty collection,
considered to be the oldest Revelation manuscript of all, where the
overscore above the Greek letters
Chi, Xi, Stigma χξς,
are an intended abbreviation of the number "six-hundred sixty six"
by the copyist.
Furthermore, as an example that the horizontal line above Greek letters does not always indicate a Greek alphabetic number representation, note the three letters Pi Rho Sigma, on line 12 equally have the horizontal line above them. This, however, is by no means a number. The order is reversed from the usual descending order (which is still possible) and two of the letters would stand for different hundreds (100 and 200). This horizontal line above Greek letters serves to signal that this is a NOMINA SACRA, a form of abbreviation used in some Christian Greek Scriptures for certain COMMON "theological" words. This is the abbreviation for patros the Greek word for father (in genitive case), as in "the name of his father" (Rev 14:1).
In summary, with respect to this particular P47
manuscript the copyist simply chose to abbreviate his numerals by the overscore,
rather than writing them out, utilizing the Greek alphabetic mode and nothing
more. This was a common practical practice in those days
in the transmission of the Scriptures,
abbreviating the numbers and certain names (as noted), because it saved ink,
expensive vellum, and valuable time.
However, this abbreviation by alphanumeric writing is NOT suggesting that the Rev. 13:18 name/number of the Beast is to be found by employing the process/methodology of gematria? It simply reveals an abbreviated NUMBER (not completely written out) that corresponds to and is equal to a series of Greek letters.
Therefore, the KEY to finding the name/number of the Beast of Rev. 13:18 is not to be found using gematria but rather a correct determination, as stated above, of just exactly what type of number is being suggested...
Is it a social security number, house
number, census number, god number,
gematria number, etc., - what kind of number?
Is it a social security number, house number, census number, god number, gematria number, etc., - what kind of number?
As such, why would the Textus Receptus not follow this/their same Rev. 13:18 abbreviated overscore Greek alphabet methodology (Chi Xi Stigma), respective to Rev. 14:1, when translating the numerals one-hundred forty and four thousand – they write it out... as does some of the other Greek manuscripts (i.e. Nestle) regarding Rev. 13:18 and Rev. 14:1, etc.?
Thus, after years of blindly plodding along behind the unproductive plow of the traditionalist gematria model, with nothing to show for my enslaved commitment but unproductive frustration, and an endless derivation of non-biblical possible names equating to the number 666, I can no longer find Biblical support nor logical reasoning to continue this popular but old, tired worn out methodology.
However, all hope is NOT LOST!!! What CANNOT be denied, and should have been explored FIRST, is that Scripture itself offers both a simple and viable alternate solution. God told his people in Numbers 1:2 to Number their Households according to their Names (name equates to number) and Ezra 2:13 reveals that the man ADONIKAM's (Lord of Rising - 8th King Abyss Beast?) named household, had sons equal to the number 666. In all of my feeble attempts to use the celebrated gematria models (both Greek and Hebrew) to determine the KNOWABLE name (IS) of the Beast have I EVER found ANYTHING that is IN the WORD of God ITSELF, that even comes close to this theory.
PLEASE continue to bear with me...
In Rev. 13:18 we read the following:
Revelation 13:18 (KJV)
Thus, the transliterated word 'count' (gr. 5585) used in the Passage above can actually be either figurative or literal - consider, evaluate, reckon, judge, figure, calculate, etc, but here with as emphasis on the figurative. For example, Lk. 14:28, the word 'counteth' would appear to be both figurative and literal.
Luke 14:28 (KJV)
In all reality, gematria most likely plays NO part at all in determining the NUMBER of the Beast - 666. After all, as stated the gematria theory has MANY problems that are far too numerous to even address here - greek or hebrew, and the fact that the origin of gematria itself can be historically traced to the occult, numerology, astrology, etc, and is NEVER even once mentioned nor suggested in ALL of the Bible.
To this end, there is absolutely NO suggestion with reference to Rev. 13:18 of just how one is to 'derive' the Number of the Beast - 666. Germatria has simply been the preferred TRADITIONAL assumption.
Meanwhile, maybe we should take a critical look at what is right in front of our very eyes, is supported by Scripture respecting the Number 666 and a Man, and uses NO gematria whatsoever.
Thus, Ezra 2:13 would be the same interpreted Passage and number in ALL translated languages of the Bible - Hebrew, Greek, or whatever - much more simplified. Moreover, God Himself set in motion the NUMBERING of the Hebrew Children. As such, the Number of the Beast is NOT a number derived from gematria, but rather a 'census' number, directly related to the name of a man - 666. Therefore, we are given NO distinctive directions in how to actually arrive at the number of this man, whom it can be reasonably argued to be the name of the 8th King Abyss Beast. NOT that the former 'mortal man' ADONIKAM who returned from Babylonian captivity was/will be the actual literal 8th Abyss Beast King but rather he had the SAME identical name as the Beast.
Numbers 1:2 (KJV)
This Greek word "arithmos", translated as, "number" in the KJV, et. al., is used some ten times in the New Testament (Acts 4:4; 5:36; 6:7; 11:21; Rom. 9:27; Rev. 5:11; 9:16; 13:18 twice; and Rev. 20:8) in exactly the same identical grammatical case/tense (noun/nominative/singular/masculine) as that of Rev. 13:18. PLEASE study this word for your own advanced understanding. Thus, it is used in each and every Passage as a calculated, number, intended to signify a total of counted persons in a group/family/etc.
Therefore, this word is implied to be the basis and the manner of the taking of a census of people, or a simple, counting of heads... It does not signify the computing of a number by means of converting letters into numberal values and then searching for someone's name to fit into the said gematric mathematical formula. Neither does it signify some symbolic numerological value to be transposed by assumption onto an idea of one's own making. It simply refers to a counted number of persons - hence, a household.
Thus, Adonikam came back to Israel from the Babylonian captivity, and ADONIKAM means (Strong's Hebrew 140) Lord of rising. What an appropriate name for the Beast of Rev. 17:8 who himself is to 'rise' from the Abyss.
In Ezra 2:2,13 we read the following:
Ezra 2:1 (KJV)
Ezra 2:13 (KJV)
To reiterate, what we see then, is that ADONIKAM (Strong's H140) Lord of Rising returned from the Babylonian captivity as the Father of the 666 Sons (most translations)/Children/People, AND goes to Jerusalem and Judea - the pagan Temple in Jerusalem is precisely where the 8th King Abyss Beast will set up his throne when he possesses the 11th Little Horn man AC, his human host.
It can easily be suggested that Adonikam is a TYPE example of the coming Abyss Beast. The future Abyss Beast is the demonic 8th King of Rev. 17:11 and Rev. 17:8, who once ruled the former Babylonian Empire (Jer. 51:25) and when his Kingdom fell by the SWORD of the Lord (Jer. 50:35) he was thrown into captivity in the Abyss where he remains to this day, Rev. 9:11 - the Destroyer King Abaddon/Apollyon (his occupational/vocational name) - similar to the spirit of Kundalini/the Serpent Power which is said by deceived Yoga worshippers - to lie coiled exactly 31/2 turns around the sacrum bone at the base of the human spine.
Jeremiah 51:25 (KJV)
Jeremiah 50:35 (KJV)
Revelation 17:9 (KJV)
Revelation 17:10 (KJV)
Please note: Rev. 17:10 as translated by the KJV declares that "THERE ARE" seven kings - however, the actual Textus Receptus greek Text states that "THEY ARE" seven kings (the 3rd. person)... Therefore, the seven heads of the Scarlet Abyss Beast have a double meaning of BOTH 7 mountains AND 7 Kings. (see below)
Moreover, with respect to both Rev. 17:8 and 11 we see that the Beast will go into 'perdition' which means DESTRUCTION. It is a very common misconception here, with regards to these two Passages that the Beast will 'go to his destruction'. While it may be true in his finality that he will indeed be destroyed, that is NOT at all what these two Passages are suggesting regarding the statement - 'goeth into perdition' respecting the Beast.
What the above statement actually reveals is that the Beast will 'go into' his VOCATION (occupation) of Destruction rather than 'go into' his LOCATION of Destruction. For example, go into something to start working in a particular type of job or business (i.e. Alex has decided to go into nursing)... Meanwhile, how many times have you heard someone ask a potential college student, what are you going to 'go into' or simpler yet, what are you into? As such, are they being asked about a VOCATION or a LOCATION? The occupational/vocational intentions and design for Abaddon/Apollyon/Adonikam is that of a DESTROYER, and not merely to be released from the Abyss and then head straight to his destruction - that would make little to no sense whatsoever.
PLEASE consider the following information - In Rev. 13:2 we read the following:
Revelation 13:2 (KJV)
In the above Passage when we realize that John was actually seeing the vision of this particularly described unique BEAST, he referenced its symbolic constructive design as having 7 Heads and 10 Horns (from the Roman Empire), the overall bodily appearance of a LEOPARD (the Grecian Empire), with the FEET of a BEAR (the Persian Empire). However, here is where the symbolism becomes strained - the MOUTH of a LION. Why?
If we typically construct this above defined BEAST as a unique Beast with all of the symbolically ascribed bodily features John mentions, we must ask the question, "How can a Beast with 7 Heads ONLY have one singular MOUTH?" There is something wrong with this symbolism if we interpretatively equate the 'singular' MOUTH of the Beast, who has 7 Heads, with that of a physical feature equivalent to those of the described BODY and FEET of the Beast itself.
As such, I suggest the answer lies in the definition of the greek word 'stoma' (strong's 4750 - MOUTH) itself - the meaning figuratively implies the 'mouthed' LANGUAGE of the Beast - the identifier of the Beast himself.
probably strengthened from a presumed derivative of the base of <G5114> (tomoteros); the mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication language (and its relations); figurative an opening (in the earth); specially the front or edge (of a weapon) :- edge, face, mouth.
Thus, we must ask - did John most likely see the MOUTH or hear the Mouth? Meanwhile, what is actually then being revealed in Rev. 13:2?
Not only does the Beast described above represent the futuristic KINGDOM of the coming Beast 8th King, it also describes the Beast himself with respect to Rev. 17:8-11. To this end, we see in Rev. 17:11 that the WAS/IS NOT Beast was ALSO one of the former Kings of the 7 Heads (actually one of the former first 5 Heads) of the Scarlet Abyss Beast. Thus, Rev. 13:2 reveals that the LANGUAGE (Mouth/Speech) of the Beast is that of the LION, which we all know from the Book of Daniel would clearly identify him as Babylonian.
Therefore, John is telling us that the 8th King Abyss Beast (the Wounded Head of Rev. 13:3) is the former King of the Babylonian Empire who shall futuristically ASCEND from the Abyss - the Chaldean LANGUAGE Mouth.
Going forward, Adonikam's name is indeed directly associated with the number 666.
Here is where it gets interesting. In ancient Babylon they had an occultic device called the 'Magic Square' which the pagan priests wore as a sacred amulet around their necks and used them in the worship of their Sun god. Moreover, this Magic Square was based on a 6 X 6 sided square with numbers ranging from 1 to 36, and the total numerical value of the entire square was equal to 666 (see example below).
The ancients claimed that God works by mathematics. Their religion was a conglomeration of religion, astrology, alchemy, physical and mental science, and mathematics. Ancient astrology divided the starry heavens into 36 constellations. These were represented by different amulets called "Sigilla Solis," or the sun seal. These amulets were worn by the pagan priests, and they contained all the numbers from 1 to 36. By these figures they claimed to be able to foretell future events. These amulets were usually made of gold, yellow being the sun color. While being carried, these amulets were wrapped in yellow silk, as it was thought that the bearer would thus receive the beneficial powers believed to emanate from the jewel.
These drawings from photographs taken in 1910, show actual amulets then in the Berlin Museum. They reveal the veneration the ancients had for the sun-god. On the front side of No.1 we see the god of the sun standing on the lion. This indicated the sun's position in the constellation of Leo during the hot days of August. On the back is inscribed "Nachyel," meaning "intelligence of the sun," and in 36 squares are arranged the numerals 1 to 36 (see table 1) in such a way that adding the numbers of any column either horizontally or vertically, and also the two diagonals crossing the square, the total is the same- 111. The sum of the six columns, computed either horizontally or vertically, is 6 x 111, or 666.
The solar seal was worn by the pagan occultic priests to honor the Basilisco KING - 666.
The second illustration is also a solar seal, but it honors the star Basilisco, which was the diminutive form of the Greek basileus (king), thus meaning the same as the Latin regulus. Now, Regulus is the only first-magnitude star in the constellation of Leo. The sun and the moon are again clearly seen on this amulet, and on the reverse side is the same arrangement of numerals, with the actual figure given of the total 666.
The question that must be asked with reference to the above is, why were the ancient Babylonians wearing sacred amulets that were focused on the number (total) 666, seeing that John never revealed this number until Rev. 13:18 hundreds of years later - how could they have known.
Therefore, I think we can rest assured that the ancient Babylonian occultists were NOT worshipping the future man AC, BUT they were worshipping the god 666 who is depicted on the amulet above as the god of the Sun standing on the Lion (Babylonian).
So what can this all possibly mean? I suggest that this 1-36 Babylonian Magic Square which totals 666 represented 36 Star constellations and the SUN was the complete master/father of the 666 STARS (ADONIKAM = 666 Sons, which implies 666 Stars, which implies 666 Angels - demonic), which most likely represents the true meaning behind the purpose of the NUMBER of the Beast - 666. This is no doubt something symbolic regarding the angelic members of his occultic religion and government.
The number 666 must be more than just to say OK you have used gematria, etc. and have found my name - the number 666 represents something symbolically important to the Abyss Beast, in order that he would choose to use it to represent himself. As I have suggested earlier, the demonic Abyss Beast once ruled the Babylonian Empire and I think this ancient Magic Square which is well rooted in the Babylonian occult, has a direct correlation to the Beast and the worship of him.
Thus, the number 666 has substantial historical Babylonian ROOTS and involves far more than just a mere number equated to a name.
To recap, why would I, or anyone else for that matter, choose to search the proven pagan abstract models of gematria, over the WORD itself? WHAT was I THINKING?
God did not make this prophecy so complicated that everyone would need to hold a Th.D. or be a graduate of Harvard University to understand it NOR was it beyond understanding - man does that. This prophecy is a WARNING and we need to know and share its understanding, or just simply leave a gapping hole in our knowledge of God's Prophetic Word.
In closing, How could the ancient Babylonians have possibly KNOWN about the number 666 - John did not even reveal 666 until hundreds of years later and why was that particular number so important to them? Undoubtedly, The Babylonians, (the former wounded head) were worshipping the WAS/IS NOT Beast of Rev. 17:8 - the 8th King of Rev. 17:11 at that time - the 666 Beast.
Please note the number 666 at the bottom/center of the photo example.
Therefore, the human host Man AC (the 11th Little Horn Beast) and the 8th King Scarlet Abyss Beast (Adonikam) are TWO different personages - one a mortal man and the other a demonic spirit.