Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.
- Prov 1: 23:Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
-Matt 13:11:He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
-Matt 13:13:Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, "neither do they understand".
-Dan 2:27-28:Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
-How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.-Matt 16:11-12
It is of paramount importance for us to perfectly understand what the number 666 represents because the Bible categorically states that anyone that receives this number will partake in God's wrath (Rev 14:9-10)
God is Spirit
God is Spirit and we are flesh so we cannot understand what he says without His guidance (John 4:24).
In order to better understand what the number 666 means, we have to stop trying to use our own logic to decipher it and let God's Spirit reveal it to us.
We have a fallen and corrupted mind because of our sinful nature and the only way to understand Scripture is through the Mind of Christ:
The Bible tells us in Rev 13:18: "Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast.": This means he that doesn't have understanding (and this understanding comes from God) cannot understand what the number represents. 2 Corinthians 3:6 states:
"Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. Romans 7:6 also says :"But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter."
The verses above are trying to tell us that in order to understand God's words perfectly, we need to have a spiritual understanding of them and not a logical/literal understanding of them. The Jews used a logical/literal understanding of scripture to try to interpret Elijah's prophesied return and that was why they didn't recognize him when he came: Mark 9:13 : "But I say unto you, That Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written of him."
-John 7: 27:"Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is".
Many of Jesus Jewish contemporaries didn't recognize Him as the Messiah because they tried to interpret his coming using their own logic and till date, judaists are still awaiting the arrival of the 'messiah':
John 5:43:"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive."
(Notice it says come "in his own name".The beast doesn't bear God's name but its own name (Rev 13:17) So they await the man with the ' beast image' not God's image)
Understanding what the number means:
In order for us to have a proper understanding of this mysterious number, we need to be spiritual. Like I implied earlier on, God didn't make us to have a physical and carnal understanding, our earliest ancestors fall into sin did.
God always speaks in Spiritual terms as we see in 1 Sam 16: 7
"But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart".
Man is more interested in the outer meaning and appearance of things. God is more interested in the inner meaning and appearance of things
What does the number of the beast mean?:
Notice that the Bible states in Rev 13:18 that ' it is the number of a man'; This means that the number 666 is a number borne by man (not a single man but humanity (fleshy carnal man) in general. Since 6 is the only number that occurs in the number 666, I would like us to take a careful look at some of the places that the number 6 occurs in the Bible in order to have a better understanding of what the number means (Note that 6 is known as the perfect number in Mathematics)
-If You read Genesis chapter one You will realize that man was created on the 6th day and on that 6th day he was given dominion over God's creation so 6 is the number of Man in control.
-God commanded man to work for 6 days and rest on the 7th day in the book of exodus so 6 is the number of mans works and 7 the number of God's rest:Resting from the rebellious works of our hands and submitting to God.
Now if 6 is the number of man who governs and 7 is the man submitted to God and doing God's works (in His rest, read Hebrews 4) it means that man is incomplete if God's Spirit does'nt live inside him:
Col 2:10: "And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." We are only complete in God so 6 is the number of an incomplete man.
Therefore, if man is in control of his life (1st 6), it means he hasn't submitted to God and is rebellious (2nd 6) and because of this, he is incomplete because he doesn't bear God's image (3rd 6)
666 Is the number of beast's name:
The Bible calls the mark of the beast 'the number of his name' (Rev 13:17). For us to properly understand what this means, we have to understand what a name represents.
What is a name:
A name is an identification, something unique that we use to identify people with. Parents usually name their children as a means of identification.
Name in the Scripture
To understand what a name means in light of the Bible, let us go through some more Bible verses
Rev 14:1:"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."
Eph 3:14:15:"For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,Of whom
the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
The Bible tells us in the 1st verse above that the Lamb's (Jesus) Father's name was written in the foreheads of the saints (The forehead used here doesnt represent the physical forehead it represents the mind) What does this mean?
Having God's name written in their mind means they were identified with Him :They thought like him and they bore his image and just like a father names his child, God gave them His identity and image.
Marriage:The adoption of a new name and hence a new identity is also illustrated in marriage:
When a man gets married to a woman, the woman shares the same last name with him. This shows the oneness that they both share i.e
They both become one in body and soul and she loses her former name (identity) in him:
The second verse above (Eph 3:14-15) illustrates this. It says God's Family (Children) in heaven and earth all derive their name from Jesus. We all bear God's Name (Image) by allowing Jesus Christ to live and work in us.
From all this, we can conclude that the Beast's name represents its image or its mind. If the number of its name is 666 and 666 means man in control, unsubmissive, rebellious and incomplete it goes to show you what the beast represents: It is a godless unsubmissive and rebellious civilization that seeks to make humanity think like it does and bear its image.
Anyone who refuses to bear its image and conform to it is destroyed (Rev 13:15-17:"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."
And he causes all (Global requirement), both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads, And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name)
You should deduce from the verses and explanations above that anyone who refuses to accept or conform to the Beast's image is destroyed.
Symbolism of the right hand and forehead:
I explained earlier what the forehead means spiritually. I said it represents the mind: It symbolizes the mind, thought-life and philosophy of a person.
In order to have a better understanding of what the right hand means, let us check some of the Bible verses which contain the phrase "right hand" Psalm 110:1:"The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at "My" right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool". The right hand here means the place of authority, the place of rule.
It indicates God's deeds and actions. It symbolizes the power and authority Jesus has to do God's will on earth and in Heaven. Notice Jesus sits at his "Fathers" right hand. This shows that he submits to his Father's Authority and hence is empowered to do his Fathers will.
Meanwhile, the second beast requires that humanity receive the mark "in their" right hand. (a mark is something that identifies something so when we have this mark we show that we are for the beast)
His requirement symbolizes the fact that he emboldens and encourages them to seek and live for their own pleasure (live without any regard for any authority but themselves) and empowerers them to do whatever the beast deems to be fit. I.e He empowers (and encourages) humanity with the abillity to live by their own will & rely on their abillity to act in the way that the Beast wants them to act and seeks to eradicate reliance on God.
When the Bible states that they will receive the mark in their right hand, it means that when they have this number, they will have total control and authority over their own actions and deeds instead of allowing God to have total control over their actions and deeds: Rebellion
-He that loves his life shall lose it; and he that hate his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. John 12:25
What does the Bible mean by "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name"?
Buying means exchanging money or valuables for goods while selling means exchanging goods and valuables for money or other valuables. So when the Bible says that no man shall buy and sell, it means that if you refuse to compromise, if you refuse to be conformed to the world, you would not have a part in the world system.
If you rebel against what you are taught by the educational systems, you can't have a certificate. If you do not compromise your standards at work, you would lose your job.
If you refuse to be promiscuous or refuse to accentuate the sensitive areas of your body when you dress (more applicable to females), society labels you as being prude or outdated and separates you from their company for not being "up to date". If you emphasize that Jesus and His standards are supreme people label you as an intolerant, narrow-minded and fanatical bigot.
For example, a Christian counselor in the UK called Gary McFarlane lost his job at a branch of Relate after telling his manager that the Bible forbade homosexual activity and it was his duty to follow this.
On the set of Grey's anatomy, Isaiah Washington lost his role simply because he used a derogatory epithet toward co-star T. R. Knight and his sexuality. (T.R Knight was gay)
Nathan Eccleston a 20 year old soccer player in the United Kingdom was sanctioned by his club for claiming on his twitter account that the Illuminati were responsible for the 911 terrorist attacks and was forced to remove the tweet from his account. (His tweet would have remained if he was willing to give up his career at his club and stand by what he wrote)
Countless Christians were murdered simply because they refused to renounce God. All the apostles were persecuted because they would never renounce God's standards and conform to the world.
1 Timothy 4:10:"For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe."
If the Apostles had chosen to compromise the truth they would have saved their lives in the system and gotten the approval of men but they would have been out of favor with God
Luke 16:15:"And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."
People have assumed that because verse 18 (of Rev 13) says that the number 666 is the number of a man, this number can only be attached to a single individual. The reality is that in the Greek language, "the number of a man" can also mean "a human number" or "a number of humanity".
666 is six repeated three times. Repeating a concept three times represents the affirmation and strength of that concept. The number 666 could thus represent the strength and perfection of the physical world, which Judaism teaches will occur in the messianic era, when the physical world will reach its ultimate purpose, to be a vehicle through which the created experience the Creator.Ohr.edu
The number is associated with the Beast's system of religion and government. The number 666 could very well represent the apex of human ' perfection', because under the leadership of the Beast, the magnificent Religious, Governmental, Commercial, Judicial, Economic etc systems of the beast alliance of nations will appear to be the best system ever devised.
In the study of the numerical symbolism of the Bible, the number 6 is clearly associated with mankind or humanity; therefore, the number 666 appears to be the number of the collective consciousness and morality of humanity. (In other words, the standards and morals that the people in the world live by/are required to live by) and that is why it is no coincidence that in the world we live in today all the nations of the world are required to submit to international laws and standards (which are man made), not God's laws.
Any nation that rejects democracy and secularism is labeled and ostracized. The powers that be utterly reject God's laws all in the name of humanism.
We bear the number 666 when we see with our own eyes (Gen 3:5-6) and not with God's eye (Note that eye here means understanding). Seeing with God's eye is when we see the things that he wants us to see (seeing his glory instead of our "nakedness": Read Gen 2:25, Psalm 32:8, John 9:41).
Seeing with our own eyes means seeing the things satan and the world around us wants us to see (i.e.ourselves and what we can do individually and collectively without God Read Gen 3:5-6).
Whenever we see with our own eyes, we exalt the self, we ignore the need for God, we are not in God's rest, we govern our own lives, are incomplete and hence bear the forbidden number.
Because God the Father allows an evil global system to exist before his Son's return, the number 666 could very well be viewed in the context of the entire Religious, Educational, Economic, Political and Governmental system that is controlled by the Antichrist Spirit (Satan) (2.Thess 2:4).
At the time of the end, Satan and his agents would gain full control of all these systems (i.e they would all promote the policies promoted by the Beast) and use them to mold humanity to conform to the "666" image.
-Dan 3:3:Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together (were united) unto the dedication of the image (policy) that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image (They Channeled the policies and ideals of Babylon) that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
Note that the conformity that the Beast demands from the world does not require them to give up their religion or beliefs. It demands that they adjust them to correspond to/ be tolerant of what the Beast represents e.g a professing Christian who tolerates gay marriage. A professing Christian who attends church and reads the Bible but claims that all other paths and religions lead to God. [1:Read the note at the bottom of the page]
God's Judgment comes when the sin of man matures
-Eze 28:3: "Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee"
-Eze 28:6-9: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
-Gen 15:16:"But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full."
2 Thess 2:3-4:Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
As you can see from the verses above, it is when mankind attains the so called "god consciousness" (666, apotheosis, secular perfection, non reliance on God) which Satan promised Them that God's judgment would come.
It is when Mankind feels they can solve their problems by their own wisdom that His wrath will fall on them. It is when they feel that they have mastered the whole universe by their genius, (science, technology, occult knowledge) and solved all the mysteries of nature that God's judgment will come.
And who is God going to use to judge them? Strangers: Christians who refuse to conform to the system but choose to submit to God: That is why they are called strangers because they are unlike the rotten and self sufficient world around them, the same way Lot and Noah stood out in their respective generations. And what are they going to use to judge the world? The sword:God's word.
-2 Thess 2:4 says the man of sin sits "in" the temple of God showing himself that he is God.
The man of sin is the personification of the sin of man: which dwells inside universal humanity (God's temple:Remember we are God's temple 1 Cor 6:19-20).
Satan's agents would teach that embracing the sinful nature within us is the only path to become "godlike (apotheosis,secular perfection, 666) and that humanity should get rid of any restraint (The Word of God that restrains us from being sinful 2 Thess 2:7) in order to fully become free and "godlike"
666 is the ultimate expression of the image of sin (tree of knowledge of good and evil) that satan made Eve believe could make her attain perfection and make her a god. It was the hope of bearing this image that cajoled her into thinking that rebelling against God's commandments was worth it:
It is also the height of lawlessness and hatred of God that people would be deluded into embracing instead of denying themselves to know the true God and bear His image. And millions would be fooled into accepting it as ideal.
The ancient Babylonians used to count their gods and add up all of the numbers from 1 to 36 (They were 36 in number). The first god they counted got the number one assigned to it (which was the sun god for the purposes of the counting process), and the second god (the moon god) they counted got the number two assigned to it.
The gods numbered from 3 through 36 were considered the children of the sun god, which included the various stars and constellations that these gods were associated with. Now, if you have not guessed it by now, the sum of the numbers from 1 to 36 totals 666, which they assigned to the god associated with the sun, meaning that the sun god had the numbers 1 and 666 assigned to it. They did the calculation like this:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12
+ 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22
+ 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + 31 + 32
+ 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666 .
Below is a diagram that Illustrates This
Each god had one or more numbers assigned to it and the sun god not only had the number 666 assigned to it as the sum of the numbers of the 36 gods, but it also had the number 1 assigned to it which was used to help create the sum of the 36 god numbers. The number 2 was assigned to the moon god. The moon god was considered the wife of the sun god, so their most important son was assigned the number 3 and typified all new life, whether plant or animal. The summary number of all three of these gods was 6 because 1+2+3 = 6. (You can read more on this Here).
The symbolism of all this is that we all fragmented from satan: The tree of knowledge of good and evil and the light of this world (2 Cor 11:14) and that is why we are all sinners.Notice from the above that all the remaining gods (3-36) are offspring of the 1st 2 gods.
When Adam and Eve (symbolized by the moon, woman) chose to have a mystical union with the tree of knowledge of good and evil (the luciferan light, the Sun, false light of the world), a new "child" (initiate, star) was born: A "new" and sinful Man and Woman who knew they were naked and from whom we all descended from and that is why we naturally bear their sinful image (Gen 5:3) and are prone to want to partake in the knowledge of self instead of the knowledge of God and are offspring (light bearers")of the false light i.e we reflect the image of sin and satan unless we repent and partake in Christ :The True Light.That is why Christ told the Jews in John 8:44:" Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do..."In our sinful state we are all offspring of the devil and that is why we act just the way he acts (Rebellion).
Romans 8:21-22:"Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now."
As you can see from the verse above all other creatures are in bondage till now. This is the result of Adam and Eve's choice to be reborn as new beings who "knew" good and evil. That is why the Babylonian doctrine didn't narrow down the "new life" born to only humans but also included plants and animals. When Adam and Eve changed, the world and creation also "changed" to be conformed to the worldview that they chose: i.e They reflected Adam's bondage to sin and his corruptible nature.
As you also saw above, the "combined power" of all the Babylonian gods adds up to 666. This symbolizes the fact that it is when Humanity (the children of Adam and Eve) comes together (oneness, socialism, collective consciousness) that they will be able to attain the ultimate illumination (666, samadhi, god consciousness) and restore the fragments of satan that are scattered around the whole world to wholeness. That is the reason why All new age religions teach that "god is all" and all is god (Pantheism: The doctrine that we are all gods and collectively form god).
For example, Kaballah teaches its adherents that God existed in the form of pure energy in the time before creation. The power of God’s energy was so vast that it prevented anything else from existing in the universe. To make room for the human race and everything else in the universe, God first had to recoil into itself. In the process of withdrawal, God’s identity shattered, dispersing God’s energy throughout the universe. Aspects of God, in the form of the ten sefirot, then descended through time and space into the newly created world of material reality—the world in which humans live.
Every kabbalist’s main duty is tikkun, the process of restoring Kabbalah’s fractured God to a state of wholeness through righteousness and good deeds. According to them, God still remains a presence after creation, but in a divided form, dependent on the help of human beings to restore its wholeness.So the wholeness of God is dependent on gathering the fragmented parts of their god :Uniting humanity under a single consciousness (through social engineering).
That is why the new age plan has always been to unite all religions paths and creeds under "one Banner" (conformity) and that was why the plan of the builders of the tower of Babel was to unite humanity into "one building" (a single consciousness):
The whole world has one thing in common: The image of sin (Rom 3:23): We all have sin (Fruit of the forbidden tree) living within us (Rom 7:17). The fully awakened sinful nature (symbolized by 666) is going to be the uniting factor in the world order Satan is building and humanity would have conform to this sinful and self seeking image if they want to partake in the world and it is when they conform to the image of the "world united under sin" that they receive the forbidden number on their foreheads (minds: They think like the world) and right hands (They act like the world)
In conclusion, the number 666 isn't a physical number. Don't expect a government to arise that will issue this number on the literal right hand and forehead or underneath the skin. Even if that happened, 98% of people will never receive it. (and the Bible claims the whole world worshipped the beast) It is a spiritual number and majority of the people in the world today possess it.
Way of escape:
Submission to God, rejection of the world (serpent) way of thinking (materialism, immorality, adherence to occult teachings and carnality) and non conformity to the world's serpent system are the only ways to escape God's wrath. ( Rom 12:2)
Shedrach Meschach and Abednego preferred to be placed in a fiery furnace of fire (fire symbolizes trials and afflictions that Christians have to endure) than to bow down to the satanic Babylonian image (Collective Law,Global Requirement) established by Nebuchadnezzar. [2:Read the note at the bottom of the page] Are you ready to do the same?
Remember this: None of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. ( Dan 12:10 ). Unless God opens our eyes, we will never fully understand His mysteries and hence never get to understand his judgments ( Prov 28:5 ). The devil's strategy has always been (and will always continue to be) to play on our ignorance. Eve ate of the forbidden fruit because it was veiled to look good and pleasant to the eye.
If she had known that it would destroy her, she would'nt have eaten from it (Gen 3:13 ) . In the same way, nobody would willingly accept a number that they knew would destroy them. It is a veiled number and only those who are spiritually vigilant will recognise and reject it. (As it was in the days of Noah and Lot)
Note that the tree was so appealing to the eye that the devil didnt even need to force Eve to eat from it. All he had to do was to make her to see it the way he wanted her to see it. She desired it, sought it and ate of it of her own freewill. In the same way, the number 666 would be made to look so appealing to the carnal man that he would'nt have to be forced to receive it. He would seek and beg for it even when he is deprived of it.
--"We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. Num 11:5-6
And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not."Neh 9:17
-"There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution." -Aldous Huxley's lecture to The California Medical School in San Francisco in 1961
Only few people will ever get to realize the things I write here and then it might be too late.
Wake up and be reconciled with your Maker. Let him rule your heart. He bought you with a price. (1 Cor 6:19, 20) You are not your own. You are not free to live the way you like neither are you free to live your life the way the world wants you to live it. Submit to your Maker and become empowered to live your life the way He wants you to live it
In the same way, Nebuchadnezzar didn't demand the people to stop worshipping their G (g)ods. He simply demanded that they worship His image along with them. i,.e conform their worship of their G(g)od's with his image
 Note that Nebuchadnezzar's image had a height of 60 cubits and a breadth of 6 cubits (Dan 3:1) The two sixes could symbolize the fact that the image (mindset) that Nebuchadnezzar promoted had not yet fully evolved into its most matured state i.e the sin of man (which Nebuchadnezzar promoted) had not yet fully manifested/matured during Nebuchadnezzar's reign
Note:Information about Kabbalah was culled From Sparknotes.com