Originally posted by menace71
What does 666 mean? Is it a microchip? An actual mark like a tattoo ? If you believe what the bible says than no one will be able to buy sell or trade without this mark? Just wondering?
I am sorry that you, on your genuine inquiry have to be subjected to the absolute unparalleled ignorance of the above. If one does not know, one should say so, but it a characteristic of the spirituality forum, that those who know nothing, even less than nothing about the Bible pontificate with reference to it, to others. These individuals are best left to themselves, to grope around in mental darkness, alienated from the truth they seek to discredit, like little worms underneath stones, once they are exposed to light, they squirm back into the 'safety' of darkness.
let us take a look at the verse shall we?
And it puts under compulsion all persons, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves, that they should give these a mark in their right hand or upon their forehead, and that nobody might be able to buy or sell except a person having the mark, the name of the wild beast or the number of its name. Here is where wisdom comes in: Let the one that has intelligence calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is a man’s number; and its number is six hundred and sixty-six. Revelation 13:16-18
first thing that is worthy of note, is the reference to beasts, in this instance, a 'wild beast'. one should realize that beasts are used in scripture to represent governments, sovereign states, even as they are today, for example, we think of the Russian bear, the American eagle, the Chinese dragon, etc etc. this is further given credence in scripture, from passages like the book of Daniel, where he sees in vision, four terrible beasts, which he describes as standing for national sovereign states, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.
therefore we can readily deduce , that the wild beast is some type of political entity, some ruling force, some governmental body.
secondly, we note that it has 'a mans number', what is the significance of this? well we can deduce that because it is a mans number, it belongs not to the spiritual realm, but to the earthly realm, thus, it must be connected to an earthly political governmental entity.
thirdly the number itself, six six six, what does this mean? well it is noteworthy that numbers in the Bible and in the book of revelation have a symbolic significance, for example
2 Signifies solidly confirming a matter.
(Revelation 11:3, 4; compare Deuteronomy 17:6.)
3 Denotes emphasis. Also indicates intensity.
(Revelation 4:8; 8:13; 16:13, 19)
4 Signifies universalness or foursquareness in symmetry.
(Revelation 4:6; 7:1, 2; 9:14; 20:8; 21:16)
6 Signifies imperfection, something not normal, monstrous.
(Revelation 13:18; compare 2 Samuel 21:20.)
7 Signifies divinely determined completeness,
(Revelation 1:4, 12, 16; 4:5; 5:1, 6; 10:3, 4; 12:3)
10 Signifies allness or completeness in a physical way,
as to things on earth.
(Revelation 2:10; 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 12, 16)
12 Signifies a divinely constituted organization either in
the heavens or on the earth.
(Revelation 7:5-8; 12:1; 21:12, 16; 22:2)
24 Signifies Gods abundant (doubled) organizational
arrangement. (Revelation 4:4)
Some numbers mentioned in Revelation are to be understood as literal. Often, the context helps to determine this. (See Revelation 7:4, 9; 11:2, 3; 12:6, 14; 17:3, 9-11; 20:3-5.)
thus we can readily deduce that, six, being a symbol of imperfection, and it being repeated three times, stands for gross imperfection, or gross incompleteness. now why should this be significant? well it would signify a counterfeit entity, something which claims to be a force for good, but which in fact, fails miserably to measure up to Gods perfect standards! and even more than that, is guilty of acts of oppression?
what are we talking about? the worlds political system which is a counterfeit arrangement to Gods Kingdom, or government as it states in the King James version of the Bible, and is guilty of countless acts of oppression and violence!