Question #18164

Why is 666 the number of the beast?

Why THAT number? What is all that about? Who is "the beast"?

  • Anonymous

Its Greek gematria where letters are changed into numbers.

  • Believeth

666 comes from the Sixth Seal – Sixth Vial – Sixth Trumpet.

  • Publius

Because when 666 (or whatever the number really is) is spelled out in Hebrew numerals (also letters), it will give a clue to the beast's identity. It would have been better if it had spelled out his NAME, but maybe that would have been too obvious.

  • ?

The fact of the matter: 666 is a parable, it is 3 x 6 x 37 = 666, 3 is God purpose for 6 mankind to be 37 judge on the last day of creation, that includes Satan and his fallen angels also who are the beast.

  • SBR32277

The beast was Emperor Nero and depending on which full name you used, the letters were converted to numbers and added up to either 616 or 666. This was how citizens could talk about Nero in front of Roman Soldiers and nobody would be the wiser.

  • ?

666 is short of perfection, and three just emforside the imperfection.

  • Robert De Angelis-Italy-United States

How should we calculate the number of the beast, ie 666?

  • Bill

A name identifies a person.

  • Grey Tower

At the end of Revelation 13, which discusses the beast (the Antichrist) and his false prophet, it says: “This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666” (Revelation 13:18). Somehow, the number 666 is a clue to the identity of the beast. Revelation 13 also mentions the “mark of the beast” (verses 16–17), and popular thought often links 666 with the mark; however, the mark of the beast and 666 appear to be two different things. The mark of the beast is something people must receive to in order to buy and sell. The number 666 is somehow associated with the beast/Antichrist as “his” number.

  • Your Word is a light to my roadway

666 in the Scriptures is called mans number. God is represented by the number 7, perfection. The number 6 represents imperfection, the number 3 represents completeness. So 666, 6 in the ones place, 6 in the tens place, and 6 in the hundreds place represents the imperfection of man is complete.