Tuesday, May 30, 2006


Revelation 13:18 says, "This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666."
The first century Christians, the recipients of John's Revelation letter, undoubtedly had a pretty good idea that the Beast referred to the enemies they faced in that day. It is comical the way modern day interpreters have forwarded the notion that Clinton, Hussein, Ronald Reagan because his first, middle, and last names each had six letters, or Gorbachev because of the splotchy birth-mark on his forehead, were or are the Beast. These irresponsible interpretations of the Book of Revelation by modern "prophets" and proponents of Pre-millenialism have fostered an idustry of fear with the likes of the "Omen" movie coming out this June 6. Such wild interpretations are not rooted in Scripture or reason. And the people who are ignorant of Scripture can be drawn into the story and be led astray.

This fear is prompting mothers who are due to deliver on 6/6/06 to seek inducement to deliver the day before. If the mother in this story wants to have her child on the fifth of June, then so be it. But if she thinks that her child will be evil because it is born on the sixth of June, then it is too bad. It is hard enough to raise a child and to be a child without the extra burden of being told you may be the prophesied Beast of Revelation. The passage in question said that wisdom would calculate the number of the beast. Whatever the number symbolizes, it is unlikely that anyone in the seven churches of Asia would have calculated that number to equate to June 6, 2006. Any fear that your child will be the devil's child because it is born on this date is irrational.

Even if there is no relationship between the "666" in the book of Revelation and the upcoming date of June 6, 2006, it is natural for people to avoid identification with such symbols. It is similar to the reluctance of parents to name their child Judas or Jezebel. Not that there is anything wrong with the names, but they conjur up bad thoughts. So even a completely rational parent could still choose to move the date of delivery for the sake of removing any burden by his or her peers.


  1. Anonymous11:33 PM

    Right on. Revelation 13:7 says 666 is "the number of his name" rather than the date of his birth. But people will always flock to the most fantastic interpretation, no matter how separated from the bible it is.

  2. Dear anonymous, Good point.



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