“Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast”
Before Facebook, many years ago, when I was a kid, I was into horror movies. One of my favorites was a film called The Omen (a trilogy). This film was about the rise of the Beast spoken of in the Book of Revelation. It was an epic horror movie of its time — along with ‘The Shining’.
Obviously, The Omen didn’t do much for kids called ‘Damien’ at the time.
Young Damien — the devil incarnate (see main photo above), had 3 sixes marked upon his head. The so-called mark of the beast.
So what is the mark of the beast?
We can check out this Iron Maiden song:
“Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath,
Because he knows the time is short…
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number,
Its number is Six hundred and sixty six.”
Steve Harris obviously cared enough to write a song about it
This is found in the book of Revelation: Revelation 13:18
Here is a call for wisdom: Let the one who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and that number is 666 .
Last year or so, I discovered gematria, the method of assigning a numerical value to a Hebrew name, word or phrase based on its letters.
It first originated as an Assyro-Babylonian-Greek system of alphanumeric code or cipher that was later adopted into Jewish culture.
Those that practice gematria believe that words with identical numerical values bear some relation to each other or to the number itself.
Does this mean we can actually calculate the number of the beast?
Similar systems have been used in other languages and cultures: the Greek isopsephy, Arabic abjad numerals, and English gematria.
A well-known example of Hebrew gematria is the word chai (“alive”), which is composed of two letters that add up to 18. This makes 18 a “lucky number” among the Jewish people and monetary gifts of multiples of 18 are very popular. (Ironic how the Revelation verse describing the number of the beast is Rev. 13:18)
Isn’t it all just mumbo jumbo?
Okay, so which method is the right one and can we really find out who the beast is this way? There is an online Gematria Calculator in the three main language types: Jewish Gematria, English Gematria and Simple Gematria. Maybe these days we should go with the English one.
The first name I placed in it was my own — just to make sure.
What is in a name?
Names themselves, do have meanings. True meanings — like Peter means Rock, from the Greek, Petra. But Gemetria is a different method and uses different interpretations.
According to these interpretations, the number in question, six hundred sixty-six, was originally derived from the Latin name of the Roman emperor at the time, Nero Caesar, via the Greek, ‘Neron Kaisar’, and transliterated into Hebrew gematria. The result of this operation is six hundred sixty-six (50+200+6+50+100+60+200=666). (נרונ קסר Neron Qesar)(1)
Revelation is my favorite book of the Bible. It is written in a very symbolic language and conjures up strange and powerful images, of Beasts rising from the sea and dragons setting out to control the human race. These beasts refer to rulers and nations — especially in revelation 13.
Over the years, many have professed to have discovered the name of the beast. The President of Russia? Bush? Trump?…but have they calculated that using gematria? Can we even trust gematria?
I think I have found a name that adds up, but I am not going to openly say it at this point — the consequences might be disastrous.
I have hidden it in plain sight.
If you dare!!
(1) Sanders, H. A. “The Number of the Beast in Revelation.” Journal of Biblical Literature 37.1 (1918): 97.