666 is, according to Revelations in the Bible, the sign of the Beast, or Devil, meaning a signal of the arrival of the antichrist. Is this really happening now, and if so, how do we know where to find this number? I share here, one man's attempt to solve the riddle and what he found.
Back in 1997, I had a roommate while I was living outside of Chattanooga, TN. His name was Chris, a non-denominational Christian, who was very devoted to his study of the Bible. Thinking it would bring him spiritual insight, Chris decided to do a 40 day fast to mimic Jesus' fast of 40 days and nights in the desert. He took off work for the time period, and isolated himself at home. During his fast, I would come home to find him spaced- out and making little sense, and at other times lucid and brimming with spiritual vigor, and filled with a sense of purpose. He remained committed to the fast. About halfway through, I walked in to the living room to find Chris sitting on the floor with a calculator, newspapers spread everywhere, and a pen and paper taking notes. His eyes were glistening with excitement, as he told me about his "project" that had come to him in prayer.
He had been reading the "Revelation" book in the Bible, and was concerned about how to identify the Sign of the Beast. In his vision, he was shown to assign number values to all the letters of the alphabet with multiples of 6. Then he should add up words to see how many calculated to the number 666. His number chart was as follows:
A B C D E F G H I J K L
6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72
M N O P Q R S
78 84 90 96 102 108 114
T U V W X Y Z
120 126 132 138 144 150 156
As I watched him add words for hours, I found myself drawn into the "fun". We added every name and word we could think of that was relevant in a religious sense, or were names/words popular at that present time. When we hit a word that equaled 666, we became excited that we were on to something. I know we found at least seven words that added to 666, but here's what I can remember:
JESUS - (60+30+114+126+114) = 444
TANTRA = 444
COMPUTER = 666
VACCINATION = 666
SANTA CLAUS = 666
NEW YORK = 666
US OF AMERICA = 666
I find it interesting that the last five, adding to 666, are more modern words, (Santa Claus and U.S. of America are only a couple hundred years in use, which is not long in historical terms). A lot can be theorized about why these particular words added to 666.
What are your thoughts? Have you found any words to add to the list?
Have you had any other ideas relating to 666, or what does 666 mean to you?