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The Meaning of the Number 666
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Who does the number 666 Refer to? The number 666 helps us identify the beast, which is commonly known as the antichrist.

Paul commended the Bereans for checking the scriptures to make sure what he was saying was true.What is the beast? The beast is a symbol for a power at war with God's people at the end of time. The Bible explains its own symbols, here is an example: "the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth." Daniel 7:23 Beasts in Bible prophecy represent nations or kingdoms.

Below is list of prophecies that will help the searcher for truth discern the identity of the power/kingdom that is symbolized by the beast and identified by the number 666.


666 Prophecy #1
"And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. " Revelation 13:3

The power who wars against God's people at the end of time at some point would look like it was going to cease to exist, but miraculously, it would come back into world wide power and popularity.

According to the scriptures people will be very interested in and pay attention to the things this power says and does. It will have a mysterious hold upon the minds of almost the whole world.

However, some people will not be decieved by the "beast", so it will resort to force in order to get people to follow it and worship as it dictates. The apostle Paul called it the "Mystery of Iniquity" John the Revelator called it "Mystery, Babylon the Great."


666 Prophecy #2
"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? "

Here is another major clue. Worship is clearly involved in the Devil's last day deception. This beast which has a mark of its authority, and is identified by the number 666, is a nation/power that recieves worship. The dragon mentioned above is a symbol for the Devil, you can find that in Revelation 12:9.


666 Prophecy #3
"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."

This nation/power will try to use force to get people to obey its religious rules. It is important to remember that Jesus never used force to compel people to worship Him. This nation/power will hurt and kill God's people in order to accomplish it results.


666 Prophecy #4
"And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea... Rev 13:1"

The antichrist beast, which is a nation (see Daniel 7:23 explanation above) would arise in a place where there are many different nations and languages. This is made more plain by reading about the great whore who rides the beast and "sitteth upon many waters" in Revelation chapter 17.

Again, the Bible interprets itself so we don't need to speculate at all: "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17:15




666 Prophecy #5
"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. Revelation 13:5-6"

The antichrist who has the number 666 will speak things that the Bible calls blasphemy against God. The antichrist will be religious in nature, see prophecies 1 and 2 above, yet it's "words" will be offensive to heaven.





666 Prophecy #6
"...and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months. Rev 13:5"

The antichrist will have a definite time frame of rulership, 42 months or 1260 days. See also Revelation 12:6 and 12:14 for the same time period. God's true church will be in hiding during this reign of the Dragon's antichrist.



NOTE: These time periods represent 1260 Literal years that antichrist reigned. Here is a quick explanation. Jesus, the true Christ of God, had a ministry on this earth for 3 and 1/2 years but the majority of the world, and even His own people rejected Him. So God said, if you don't want the true Christ, my Son to reign over you, then you can have the Antichrist, the "Son of Perdition", for 1260 years and experience what his rulership would be like. See Numbers 14:34 for another example of this "Year for a Day" Bible principle.

"And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise." Numbers 14:33-34



666 Prophecy #7
"If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Rev 13:9-10"

At the end of the 42 month prophetic time frame (1260 years), mentioned in #5 above, the antichrist will go into captivity and appear to be finished, but according to #1 above it's deadly wound will be healed. All the world will again "wonder after" it.



***Before continuing please review the list of fascinating clues in the table on the right hand side of this page.

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Bible Clues that help identify the beast:

1. It is a nation

2. It has a notable leader who sees and speaks for it.

3. A nation that receives a deadly wound, but eventually recovers.

4. This nation regains worldwide power and popularity.

5. It is a nation that is often thought of as mysterious.

6. It is a nation that is religious in nature.

7. In it is the spirit of the devil manifested by (deception, hatred, and force) rather than the spirit of Christ manifested by (truth, love, and liberty.)

8. Persecutes the followers of God.

9. The leaders of this nation will speak blasphemous words against God.

10. This nation has a 1260 year reign prior to receiving it's deadly wound.

11. After the 1260 years, and the deadly wound, the nation would once again rise in popularity, prestige, and power.

12. Arises from the midst of the "waters" which represents a place where many different languages, nations, and people groups are in close proximity.

 
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