Originally posted by reader1107
There probably is no actual "true meaning" that someone in 2007 can proclaim. The wiki article actually does a good job though of explaining.
Just to add to the article: In Hebrew, not only do letters stand for numbers, they have to because there are no numbers. For a trivial example, the first three verses of the second chapter of a Biblical book would be marked (in Hebrew script): Ba, Bb and Bg (bet-alef, bet-bet, and bet-gimel). gematria
(“numerology” ) is an accepted part of Jewish exegesis, and there are number puns and the like built into the HS texts.
No reason to assume that the author of the Apocalypse wouldn’t be familiar with the technique in writing his book.
So I tend to follow the scholars that go with “Nero.”