But 666 was the secret symbol of the ancient pagan mysteries connected with the worship of the Devil. It is to day the secret connecting link between those ancient mysteries and their modern revival in Spiritualism, Theosophy, etc. The efforts of the great enemy are now directed towards uniting all into one great whole. The newspapers, worldly and religious, are full of schemes as to such a union. "Reunion" is in the air. The societies for the re-union of Christendom, and the Conferences for the re-union of the Churches, are alike parts of the same great movement, and are all making for and are signs of the coming Apostasy. During this age, "Separation" is God's word for His people, and is the mark of Christ; while "union" and "re-union" is the mark of Antichrist.
How does 6 show up in ancient mystery religions?
The number 6 was stamped on the old mysteries. The great secret symbol consisted of the three letters SSS, because the letter S in the Greek alphabet was the symbol of the figure 6. a = 1, b = 2, g = 3, d = 4, e = 5, but when it came to 6, another letter was introduced! Not the next - the sixth letter (z, zeta) - but a different letter, a peculiar form of S, called "stigma" (V). Now the word stigma (stigma), means a mark, but especially a mark made by a brand as burnt upon slaves, cattle, or soldiers, by their owners or masters; or on devotees who thus branded themselves as belonging to their gods. It is from stizo, to prick, or brand with a hot iron. Hence it came to be used of scars or wound-prints, and it is thus used by Paul of his scars, which he regarded as the tokens of his sufferings, the marks which he bore on his body for the sake of his Lord and Master, and marking him as belonging to the one who had bought him (Galatians 6:17).
This letter is becoming familiar to us now; and it is not pleasant when we see many thus marked (ignorantly, no doubt) with the symbolical "S," "S," especially when it is connected, not with "salvation," but with judgment, and is associated with "blood and fire," which, in Joel 2:30-31, is given as one of the awful signs "before the great and terrible day of the Lord come."
Apostasy is before us. The religion of Christ has, in the past, been opposed and corrupted, but when it once comes, as it has come in our day, to be burlesqued, there is nothing left but judgment. There is nothing more the enemy can do before he proceeds to build up the great apostasy on the ruins of true religion, and thus prepare the way for the coming of the Judge.
It is remarkable that the Romans did not use all the letters of their alphabet, as did the Hebrews and Greeks. They used only SIX letters,* D, C, L, X, V, and I. And it is still more remarkable, and perhaps significant, that the sum of these amounts to 666:
| D|| = ||500 |
| C ||= ||100 |
| L ||= ||50 |
| X ||= ||10 |
| V ||= ||5 |
|I|| = ||1 |
In each of the three pairs there is an addition of one, for 6 = 5 + 1. It is the grace of God superseded by the corruption of man.
It will be seen from this that six-hundred and sixty-six is very far-reaching, and is filled with a meaning deeper, perhaps, than anything we have yet discovered. One thing, however, is certain, and that is, that the triple 6 marks the culmination of man's opposition to God in the person of the coming Antichrist.
Further illustration of the importance of this number is seen in the fact that the duration of the old Assyrian empire was 666 years before it was conquered by Babylon.
The three biggest enemies of God
There are three men in the bible which stand out in Scripture as the avowed enemies of God and of His people. Each is branded with this number six that we may not miss their significance:
GOLIATH, whose height was 6 cubits, and he had 6 pieces of armor; his spear's head weighed 600 shekels of iron (1Samuel 17:4-7).
NEBUCHADNEZZAR, whose "image" which he set up, was 60 cubits high and 6 cubits broad (Daniel 3:1), and which was worshipped when the music was heard from 6 specified instruments.***
- ANTICHRIST, whose number is 666.
In the first we have one six connected with the pride of fleshly might. In the second we have two sixes connected with the pride of absolute dominion. In the third we have three sixes connected with the pride of Satanic guidance.
How is the number 666 related to the wealth of Solomon?
The total talents of gold brought to Solomon each year was 666.
"The weight of gold that came to Solomon YEARLY was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold, BESIDES what the traveling merchants and traders brought. And all the kings of Arabia and governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon." (1Kings 10:13-14)
Solomon received six-hundred and sixty-six talents of gold EACH year, which in today's world (assuming $1,500 per troy ounce) would be worth close to TWO BILLION dollars! But this perfection of money-power was only "vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecclesiastes 2:8,11; compare 1Timothy 6:10).
As to the triple 6's, we have already seen that while one figure (6) is significant, two figures (66) are still more so; and three figures (666) seem to denote the concentration or essence of the particular number. We see further examples of this in:
Sodom, 999, the number of judgment.
Damascus, 444, the world number.
- "Verily, verily, I say unto you," 888.
The Lord God made, 888; etc., etc.
"The children of Adonikam" who returned from the Captivity (Ezra 2:13) numbered 666. Adonikam means the lord of the enemy. This is suggestive, even though it may be vague.
The number 666 has another remarkable property. It is further marked as the concentration and essence of 6 by being the sum of all the numbers which makes up the square of six! The square of six is 36 (6x6), and the sum of the numbers 1 to 36 = 666, i.e., 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.
They may be arranged in the form of a square with six figures each way, so that the sum of each six figures in any direction shall be another significant triplicate: the number 111.
|6 ||32 ||3 ||34 ||35 ||1 |
|7 ||11 ||27 ||28 ||8 ||30 |
|19 ||14 ||16 ||15 ||23 ||24 |
|18 ||20 ||22 ||21 ||17 ||13 |
|25 ||29 ||10 ||9 ||26 ||12 |
|36 ||5 ||33 ||4 ||2 ||31 |
Additional commentary on the Biblical Meaning of 666 *
"666" is the number and mark of the Beast of Revelation 13. It symbolizes the perfection of man’s system, separated from God and under Satan’s rule.