The Number of Man

From The Days of Vengeance, by David Chilton, pages 343-352.

My words in bold, outside of the quotes.

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Introduction: A Hideous Parody, and High Treason

During three years of ministry in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul continually suffered persecution because of “the plots of the Jews” (Act 20:19); in describing his conflicts with them, he called them “wild beasts” (1 Cor. 15:32). The Jewish Beast was the early Church’s most deceptive and dangerous enemy. St. Paul strenuously warned the Church about Judaizers who propagated “Jewish myths”: “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed” (Tit. 1:14, 16).

We are now in a position to attempt a more precise identification of the Image of the Beast, which is a continuation of the Satanic counterfeit, the demonic reversal of God’s order. Just as the Son of God is the Image of the Father (John 1:18; Col. 1:15), so the Church has been redemptively re-created as the Image of the Son (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10). The vision of the prophetic, priestly, and dominical Church seen by St. John parallels that of the Lord Jesus Christ: Like her Lord, she is robed in glorious light (cf. 1:13-16; 10:1; 12:1; 19:6-8; 21:9-22:5). Assisting the Son in His work throughout Revelation are the Seven Stars/Angels of the Presence (8:2), led by the Holy Spirit (the Seven Spirits, connected with the angels in 3:1). The divine order is thus:

  • Father
  • Son (Image of the Father)
  • Angels/Bishops
  • Church (Image of the Son)

The Satanic parody of this is:

  • Dragon
  • Beast (Image of the Dragon)
  • False Prophet
  • Synagogue of Satan (Image of the Beast)

Throughout the Book of Revelation the Church speaks liturgically, and the angels then act in history to bind and loose by Trumpet and Chalice, bringing judgment on the disobedient; similarly, the Synagogue “speaks,” and the False Prophet brings its false judgments upon those who defy its authority. The Church has been resurrected, brought to life by the very Spirit/Breath of God (11:11; cf. Gen. 2:7; John 20:22); the Synagogue of Satan was animated by a spirit/breath as well (13:15). And, just as the Angel of God marked the foreheads of the righteous for protection (7:3), so the Beast’s “angel” stamped the wicked with its own branding mark of evil. The leaders of Israel worked to enforce worship, not of the true God, as in the Christian churches, but of the Synagogue itself – the Image of the Beast.

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Grimly, to this very day we have Out Betters attempt to establish truth by the Voice of the Consensus: either by pure majority vote (all of the synagogue/population), or by an engineered consensus, via the the words of the elders and leaders. (Naturally, this is not mutually exclusive!)

Two examples of pure majority determining truth:

  • “Your stuff is my stuff”, Theft by majority vote
    (inheritance and income taxes, nowhere permitted in Scripture),
  • “No equality under the law for you!”
    Stripping hated minorities of their right to property, liberty, and life
    (The holocaust was rather popular in Germany, slavery in the antebellum South, and segregation everywhere in the US, elites and the white population alike)

Nowadays, as the Gentry Class increasingly wishes to separate itself (and demonstrate it’s power over) the masses – instead of being just the natural leaders of the masses – engineeriing consensus is what is desired, being easier and safer and cheaper and faster than the old ways…

  • Sexual matters, most obviously: be it fornication, no-fault divorce, sodomy, or transsexualism. Beyond fornication (common among men from the 1880s, and women from the 1960s with the rise of the pill/abortion), the entirety of this is an Establishment construct.
  • Increasing restrictions on free speech: the Masters dislike being criticized, just as much as Herold hated being publicly criticized for his perversions by John the Baptist. Now, that man would be doing serious time and facing serious fines for verbally challenging the Right Sort and their corrupt and diseased lifestyle!

    “Free speech is fine… until it strongly and publicly attacks things that the Right Sort like.”

    And it’s real hard to find a leader like David, who will accept the rebuke and repent, when it’s so very easy to just dispose of that annoying but unarmed voice….

(David sinned greatly, and deserved death for his ugly sins: adultery deserves death, and the murder of one of his most loyal servants to cover his theft is flat-out revolting, as well as deserving of death.

But when called out by Nathan, David didn’t kill the prophet as Herold would have, and didn’t simply ignore him or toss him down a cistern like the later kings would. He actually repented!

I think that’s why David’s life was spared. But not many of his sons, not even the first baby with Bathsheba.)

And now, the deeply secular, profoundly rational scientists want to get rid of falsifiability.

There is nothing new about comprehensive bodies of evidence backed by overwhelming consensus being flat-out riddled with errors and misunderstandings, and therefore mostly wrong.

If propositions in science cannot be falsified by evidence, they aren’t propositions in science. They are simply things many scientists believe for a variety of reasons.

At Scientific American: Falsifiability in science is a myth at Uncommon Descent

The Overwhelming Consensus = the Voice of the Synagogue of Satan, the Will of Powerful Men.
The Scientific Truth = Objective Reality as it is, shaped by the One Most High.

The Number of Man

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18       It was by now clear to St. John’s readers that the Sea Beast was the Roman Empire. St. John now provides his readers with an identification of the Beast in a very different form: Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the Beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is 666. As we shall see, 666 (literally, χξϛ)[1] is the numerical value of the name Nero Caesar.[2] While this is a convenient (and, so far as it goes, perfectly correct) solution, it also poses several problems. If the Beast is to be identified with the Roman Empire as a whole, rather than with Nero alone, does this not change the “number of the Beast” when another Caesar is on the throne? Moreover, is this not merely an example of “newspaper exegesis” – using first-century newspapers?[3] The answer is that Nero’s name is not the primary reference of 666; rather, the number of the Beast is based on several strands of Biblical data which point ultimately to the Roman Empire. The name Nero Caesar by no means exhausts the significance of the riddle. The Bible itself gives us enough information to allow us to identify Rome as the Beast, the fulfillment of 666.

We begin with the simple number 6, which is associated with both Beast and Man from the beginning, since they were both created on the sixth day of the week (Gen. 1:24-31). Six days out of seven are given to man and beast for labor (Ex. 20:8-11); the Hebrew slave was in bondage for six years before his release in the seventh year (Ex. 21:2); six cities of refuge were appointed for the accidental slaying of a man (Num. 35:9-15). Six is thus the number of Man, i.e. a human number. Lenski explains: “John writes the number not in words but in Greek letters: x’ = 600, f’ =60, t;’ =6, thus 666. This is the number 6, plus its multiple by 10, namely 60, again plus its multiple by 10 x 10 (intensified completeness), namely 600 – thus 666, three times falling short of the divine 7. In other words, not 777, but competing with 777, seeking to obliterate 777, but doing so abortively, its failure being as complete as was its expansion by puffing itself up from 6 to 666.”[4] Six is thus the number Man was born with, the number of his creation; the repetition of the number reveals Man in opposition to God, trying to increase his number, attempting to transcend his creaturehood. But, try as he might, he can be nothing more than a six, or a series of sixes.

[1] In New Testament times the obsolete letter ϛ (stigma, which made the sound st) was used for the numeral 6; see A. T. Robertson and W. Hersey Davis, A New Short Grammar of the Greek Testament (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931, 1933) p. 109.

[2] It is sometimes objected that, by using various systems of computation, it is possible to give practically anyone’s name the value of 666; thus, interpreters have identified the Beast with the Pope, Martin Luther, Napoleon, Adolf Hitler, and Henry Kissinger (among a host of others). The point should be understood, however, that “not any possible solution of the name, but rather a relevant solution, is required. Having already shown that the Roman Empire is the Beast described in verses 1-8 of this chapter, we naturally look for some name that gives specific designation of that power” (Milton Terry, Biblical Apocalyptics, p. 401).

[3] There is, of course, some justification for a first-century “newspaper exegesis,” for the Book of Revelation itself leads us to expect a first-century fulfilment of its prophecies. We should look – carefully – for historical events in the first century which correspond to the apocalyptic visions. This does not necessarily lend itself to undue speculation, for it is simply taking John’s own statements about his book seriously. He said it would be fulfiled “shortly.”

[4] R. C. H. Lenski, The Interpretation of St. John’s Revelation (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1943, 1963), pp. 411f.

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Note that the number six is associated with BOTH Beasts and Men, as we were all created on the same day. “This will be extremely important later in Revelation, so pay attention!”

Repeating six thrice is an illustration of men striving to stand against God’s seven. But all the power and weapon and media control of evil men only puffs up our 666 failure, forever short of God’s holy 777.

Six, Plus a Hand Grasping For More

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And this is exactly what we see in Scripture, as apostate man attempts to deify himself. Goliath, the ancient enemy of God’s people, is as tall as “six cubits and a span” (1 Sam. 17:4)-i.e., six, plus a hand grasping for more; the head of his spear weighs 600 shekels of iron. (Goliath is, on several counts, a Beast; as the seed of the Dragon, he wears scale-armor, 1 Sam. 17:5; but the Seed of the Woman destroys him by inflicting a head-wound, 1 Sam. 17:49-51.) Another striking example of this pattern takes place when King Nebuchadnezzar erects an image of himself measuring 60 cubits high and 6 cubits across (Dan. 3:1).[1] The impact of this is magnified when we consider that the numerical value of the Hebrew letters[2] in Daniel 3:1 (which describes Nebuchadnezzar’s image) add up to 4,683 – which is 7 times 666 (4,662), plus 21, the triangular of 6 (triangulation will be explained presently).

A brief digression here will serve to place this point in its larger symbolic framework, for – in contrast to the multiplied sixes of Nebuchadnezzar’s image – the names of Daniel and his three friends who refused to worship the idol add up to 888 in Hebrew.[3] This is also the number of Jesus in Greek.[4] The Fall of man occurred on the seventh day of creation (man’s first full day of life); Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, spent the seventh day in the grave, to pay for Adam’s sin. His Resurrection took place on the eighth day, which becomes the replacement Sabbath for the New Creation.[5] Austin Farrer comments: “Jesus rose on the third day, being the eighth of that week: he is the Resurrection and the Life. For eight signifying resurrection, see 1 Peter 3:20-21, and 2 Peter 2:5. But the third day on which Jesus rose is third from that sixth day (Friday) on which Antichrist had his apparent triumph; so if Christ has a name valuing 888, Antichrist should have a name valuing 666.”[6]

[1] St. Irenaeus sees 666 as a combination of Noah’s age at the Flood (600) – symbolizing “all the commixture of wickedness which took place previous to the deluge” – with the 60 + 6 of Nebuchadnezzar’s image, symbolizing “every error of devised idols since the flood, together with the slaying of the prophets and the cutting off of the just.” Against Heresies, in Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds., The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1973 reprint), Vol. 1, p. 558.

[2] In Hebrew (as in most ancient languages), the alphabet served double duty: each letter was also a numeral. Thus any given word or group of words had a numerical value, which could be computed simply by adding up the numerals. The language-system of the West avoids this by using the Roman alphabet for its letters and the Arabic alphabet for its numerals. It is thus difficult and artificial for us to imagine going back and forth between the letter-use and numeral-use of the characters in our language, but for the ancients it was quite natural. In all probability, they did not need to engage in any great mental shifts back and forth, but simply saw and comprehended both aspects at once.

[3] See Ernest L. Martin, The Original Bible Restored (Pasadena, CA: Foundation for Biblical Research, 1984), p. 110. In his vision of the great image which represented the heathen empires leading up to Christ’s kingdom, Nebuchadnezzar was the “head of gold” (Dan. 2:37-38); Martin has pointed out that 666 years after Nebuchadnezzar inaugurated his reign (604 B.C.), Israel’s last sabbatical cycle began (Autumn, A.D. 63), which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in the Autumn of 70.

[4] ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (Ι = 10 + Η = 8 + Σ = 200 + Ο = 70 + Υ = 400 + Σ = 200) = 888

[5] See James B. Jordan, The Law of the Covenant: An Exposition of Exodus 21-23 (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1984), p. 164.

[6] Austin Farrer, The Revelation of St. John the Divine (London: Oxford University Press, 1964), p. 156; Farrer is, of course, referring to the Beast by the common (but technically inaccurate) term Antichrist, which is really the designation given by St. John to apostates from the Christian faith.

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Goliath as a giant Beast wearing scale armour, and a massive spear weighing 600 shekels of iron.

Waiting for the Seed of the Woman, small and young, to fling a stone to crush that serpents head.

And note that David practices killing many other beasts with a sling, before disposing of that two-legged reptilian.

Something to consider by those looking to drive out the lawless, openly Anti-Christ reptilian beasts that rule us today. “The more things change….”

Start small in protecting the flock. And work your way up.

The Mark of the Beast: Man, not God, as the Source of the Law

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Farrer expands on this point: “Why should Antichrist be so emphatically six? The whole arrangement of the Apocalypse explains this. The divine work with which it deals is a work of judgment: it is judgment which has the sixfold pattern of the working-days, and always on the sixth day there is the culmination of judgment.[1] On the sixth day of the week, and at the sixth hour, says St. John [John 19:13-22; Rev. 13:16-14:1], the kingdoms of Christ and Antichrist looked one another in the face in Pilate’s court, and the adherents of the false prophet (Caiphas) firmly wrote on their foreheads the mark of the Beast, when they said, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ Presently they saw the Lamb uplifted with his true Name over his head, ‘King of the Jews’: and for all they could do, they could not get it erased: ‘What I have written,’ said Pilate, ‘I have written.’ Christ’s Friday victory is the supreme manifestation also of Antichrist.”[2]

[1] Cf. Gen. 1:31; Rev. 6:12-17; 9:13-21.

[2] Farrer, A Rebirth of Images, p. 259.

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Whose name is on your forehead?

The Hissing Snake in The Mark of the Beast

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[Snipped: some other numerological factors that would have been broadly known by the people of John’s time, but is largely forgotten today.]

F. W. Farrar described how the first readers of the Revelation would thus have regarded the mysterious 666 (χξϛ): “The very look of it was awful. The first letter was the initial letter of the name of Christ. The last letter was the first double-letter (sf) of the Cross (stauros). Between the two the Serpent stood confessed with its writhing sign and hissing sound. The whole formed a triple repetition of 6, the essential number of toil and imperfection; and this numerical symbol of the Antichrist, 666, stood in terrible opposition to 888-the three perfect 8’s of the name of Jesus.”[1]

More than all this, the number 666 is explicitly mentioned in the books of the Kings and the Chronicles, from which, as we have seen, St. John takes many of his symbolic numbers (see comments on 4:4). These inspired historical writings tell us that Solomon (a Biblical type of both Christ and the Beast) received 666 talents of gold in one year, at the height of his power and glory (1 Kings 10:14; 2 Chron. 9:13). That number marks both the high point of his reign and the beginning of his downfall; from then on, everything goes downhill into apostasy. One by one, Solomon breaks the three laws of godly kingship recorded in Deuteronomy 17:16-17: the law against multiplying gold (1 Kings 10:14-25); the law against multiplying horses (1 Kings 10:26-29); and the law against multiplying wives (1 Kings 11:1-8). For the Hebrews, 666 was a fearful sign of apostasy, the mark of both a king and a kingdom in the Dragon’s image.

As we have already noted, the ancient languages used each letter of the alphabet as a numeral as well; thus, the “number” of anyone’s name could be computed by simply adding up the numerical value of its letters. Clearly, St. John expected that his contemporary readers were capable of using this method to discover the Beast’s name – thus indicating, again, the contemporary message of Revelation; he did not expect them to figure out the name of some 20th-century official in a foreign government. At the same time, however, he tells them that it will not be as easy as they might think: it will require someone “who has understanding.” For St. John did not give a number that could be worked out in Greek, which is what a Roman official scanning Revelation for subversive content would expect. The unexpected element in the computation was that it had to be worked out in Hebrew, a language that at least some members of the churches would know. His readers would have guessed by now that he was speaking of Nero, and those who understood Hebrew probably grasped it instantly. The numerical values of the Hebrew letters in Neron Kesar (Nero Caesar) are:

As I mentioned earlier, the point is not that Nero’s name is the primary identification of 666. The point is, instead, what the number meant to the churches. St. John’s Biblically informed readers will have already recognized many clear indications of the Beast’s identity as Rome (indeed, they already knew this from reading the Book of Daniel). Now Nero has arrived on the scene as the first great persecutor of the Church, the embodiment of the “666-ness” of the Empire, and – Lo and behold! – his very name spells out 666.[2]

[1] F. W. Farrar, The Early Days of Christianity (Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1882), p. 539.

[2] It is charged by some that Neron Kesar is merely a convenient “misspelling” of Nero’s name in Hebrew. This objection overlooks the fact that before the modern introduction of dictionaries the world was simply not as concerned as we are about uniformity in the spelling of names. Alternate spellings were common (e.g. “Joram” and “Jehoram” in the Old Testament), especially in the transliteration of words into a foreign tongue. But the allegation of misspelling is wholly wrong anyway. The form Neron Kesar (J) is the linguistically “correct” Hebrew form, (2) is the form found in the Talmud and other rabbinical writings, and (3) was used by Hebrews in the first century, as archaeological evidence has shown. As F. W. Farrar observed, “the Jewish Christian would have tried the name as he thought of the name-that is in Hebrew letters. And the moment he did this the secret stood revealed. No Jew ever thought of Nero except as ‘Neron Kesar,’ and this gives at once… 666″ (The Early Days of Christianity, Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1882, p. 540). Of some related interest is the fact that if Nero’s name is written without the final n (i.e., the way it would occur to a Gentile to spell it in Hebrew), it yields the number 616-which is exactly the variant reading in a few New Testament manuscripts. The most reasonable explanation for this variant is that it arose from the confusion over the final n.

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One more time: St. John wrote to his people, in his time, about the Beast that is soon to come.

One day, literacy and the intellect will once again be a prized possession within the Christian Church.

It would be good, to raise Christian children to be leaders in that day, both boys and girls: mastering both emotions and logic, ancient truths and their modern manifestations.

As obviously, our super-patriarchal conservative leadership are utterly powerless in the real world. A curse God has placed on their heads for the sins they simply refuse to repent of… or even admit are sins!

Rest assured: if these men had the Spirit of God in them, their words would have power: and they would quickly get the undivided attention of the Ruling Class.

“Much safer to cringe, whine, and grumble quietly. And preach some more on Romans 13!”

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It is significant that “all the earliest Christian writers on the Apocalypse, from Irenaeus down to Victorinus of Pettau and Commodian in the fourth, and Andreas in the fifth, and St. Beatus in the eighth century, connect Nero, or some Roman emperor, with the Apocalyptic Beast.”[1] There should be no reasonable doubt about this identification. St. John was writing to first-century Christians, warning them of things that were “shortly” to take place. They were engaged in the most crucial battle of his story, against the Dragon and the evil Empire which he possessed. The purpose of the Revelation was to comfort the Church with the assurance that God was in control, so that even the awesome might of the Dragon and the Beast would not stand before the armies of Jesus Christ. Christ was wounded in His heel on Friday, the sixth day, the Day of the Beast – yet that is the day He crushed the Dragon’s head. At his most powerful, St. John says, the Beast is just a six, or a series of sixes; never a seven. His plans of world dominion will never be fulfilled, and the Church will overcome through her Lord Jesus, the 888, who conquered on the Eighth Day.

[1] F. W. Farrar, The Early Days of Christianity (Chicago and New York: Belford, Clarke & Co., 1882), p. 541. See, e.g., Sulpitius Severus (A.D. 363-420), who clearly cites Rev. 13 in his description of Nero: Sacred History, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1973 reprint), pp. 110f.

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If Christians were indeed confident of the absolutely crushing victory of her Lord – in this world, as well as in the next — the Body of Christ would be calling the shots, and her enemies would be cringing in public and grumbling in private.

But such a victory requires faith in the God that is not seen, not in the masses and the Power Elite (and their money and guns and media control) that is seen.

I doubt if the current generation of Christians will ever get serious. But the next generation…

There is a reason why the coming generation faced so much abortions, and family breakups, and difficult economic straits, and univocal secularist propaganda noise-machine.

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