The Book of Revelation and 666
We often hear about the Book of Revelation and the "mark of the beast" which many Christians believe is the number 666. This belief is based on Revelation 13: 17-18 which reads, “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. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” The number “Six hundred threescore and six” is 666. Many a Hollywood movie has been made about this dreaded 666 number! Sincere and devout Christians are willing for themselves and their families to go without food, water and shelter in order to avoid using this number of the beast.
Another fact that will help free people from the mind-numbing grips of Christianity and the Bible and move the time back on the Armageddon clock is the fact that 666 may not even be the number used in the original scripture! In May of 2005 Biblical scholars and scientists at Oxford University used multi-spectral imaging to examine the oldest copy of Revelation and learned that the number used is not 666 but is 616! Dr. Ellen Aitken, a professor of early Christian history at McGill University, said the scripture examined by the Oxford team predates the scripture versions that use the number 666 for the Antichrist by 100 years!
All Christian clergy should bring this important fact to the attention of their flocks! If they truly believe Satan is going to take over the world through the Antichrist and require people to put his number on them in order for them to be allowed to continue to buy and sell, in short, to live, it is imperative that the Christians know the correct number of the Antichrist! In reality, they won’t, and don’t, do this because it brings up the fact that the Bible is full of holes and couldn’t be the word of God. The faithful would soon start to ask, “Well, if we incorrectly believed the number of the Antichrist was 666 for all these years, what else do we incorrectly believe?” This will start the final unraveling of the entire Bible and will spell the end of many a clergyman’s career! But it will also usher in an era of natural progress through God-given reason!
About the only unambiguous statement made in Revelation is to be found in the first verse of the first chapter. It clearly states, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John;”. That was written about 2,000 years ago. It is evident that the things predicted in Revelation, the Battle of Armageddon and the end of the world, which “must shortly come to pass” did NOT happen! The more people are made aware of these Biblical inconsistencies, the more they will follow their God-given reason and leave the ancient mythology behind.
Whenever I hear a preacher on the television ranting and raving about
the end times and the importance of the Book of Revelation for those who
want to know what is predestined by the Bible god for humanity, I always
remember the words of the great Deist, Thomas Jefferson. In response to
a letter from General Alexander Smyth in which he asked Jefferson for
his thoughts on his, Smyth’s, explanation of the Apocalypse, or Book of
Revelation, Jefferson’s letter dated January 17, 1825, makes very clear
what Thomas Jefferson thought of the Book of Revelation. In his answer
he wrote that he “considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no
more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own
nightly dreams. I was, therefore, well pleased to see, in your first
proof sheet, that it was said to be not the production of St. John, but
of Cerinthus, a century after the death of that apostle. Yet the change
of the author’s name does not lessen the extravagances of the
composition; and come they from whomsoever they may, I cannot so far
respect them as to consider them as an allegorical narrative of events,
past or subsequent. There is not coherence enough in them to countenance
any suite of rational ideas. You will judge, therefore, from this how
impossible I think it that either your explanation, or that of any man
in ‘the heavens above, or on the earth beneath,’ can be a correct one.
What has no meaning admits no explanation; and pardon me if I say, with
the candor of friendship, that I think your time too valuable, and your
understanding of too high an order, to be wasted on these paralogisms.
You will perceive, I hope, also, that I do not consider them as
revelations of the Supreme Being, whom I would not so far blaspheme as
to impute to Him a pretension of revelation, couched at the same time in
terms which, He would know, were never to be understood by those to whom
they were addressed.”
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