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