The Mark of the Beast: Chi Xi Stigma

The Mark of the Beast: 666


Ah yes, the ever seemingly elusive number "666" or "Chi Xi Stigma"(orig. Greek) which is found in Revelation 13:18. In the time that I spent studying the Bible & the interpretations made by many other scholars, ministers, and theologians, I can't say that I have found anyone who uses the Bible itself to interpret this number. Yet there are a few who have correctly identified 666 as being an 18-digit number. What I do see or sometimes read is a LOT of guesswork, or just plain ridiculous and crazy assumptions concerning the interpretation of 666. Anyway, lets get started in a discourse and examining what kind of information the Word of God offers about the number of the beast.

Revelation 13:16-18

16. And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17. and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

Based upon the information given above, we know that this number isn't intended to reveal the name(or any name for that matter!) of the antichrist himself because this would narrow the interpretation of the number 666 down to one person, and it wouldn't be feasible for everyone to be given the same kind of mark(i.e. the antichrist's name) which wouldn't distinguish one person from the other. Instead, it is identifying(naming) a number system which will be used by the antichrist for the purpose of bringing all people("those who dwell on the earth." Rev. 3:10) under his control and authority. But lets get on to the next part.

Revelation 17:9-12

9. Here is the mind which has wisdom:
The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10. There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue for a short time. 11. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12. And the ten horns are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.

Now here is the really fun part! In Rev. 13:18 we read "Here is wisdom." and we were told that the number of the beast is 666. But when we come to Rev. 17:9 we are told "Here is the mind which has wisdom:..." which links Rev. 13:18(Here is wisdom-Let him who has understanding CALCULATE-666) and 17:9-12(Here is the mind which has wisdom-18).
Okay, now you are probably saying "Whoa! Where did I get the number "18" from? Well, have another look at Rev. 17:9-12. It has a two-fold meaning:

#1: The Literal Interpretation

"The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits." identifies the geographical location of Rome, which is "the city which sits on seven hills". The seven hills are: 1. Aventine, 2. Caelian, 3. Capitoline, 4. Esquiline, 5. Palatine, 6. Quirinal, and 7. Viminal.

"There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue for a short time. And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition."
    The seven kings(representing their kingdom) are:
  1. Assyria (fallen)
  2. Egypt (fallen)
  3. Babylon (fallen)
  4. Medo-Persia (fallen)
  5. Greece (fallen)
  6. Rome (is) being the current world empire at the time John wrote the book of Revelation while in exile "on the Island called Patmos"(Rev. 1:9).
  7. Revived Roman empire (yet to come) under the reign of antichrist(see Rev. 6:1, 2) during the first half of the 7-year tribulation period.
  8. The 8th king is the antichrist resurrected by Satan after receiving the mortal wound spoken of in Rev. 13:3: "I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast."
"And the ten horns are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast."
These ten horns are also spoken of in Daniel 7:7, and 7:20. Daniel also speaks of this final federation of 10-nations(who were originally part of the old Roman empire) as 10 toes in Daniel 2:40-44. Today, we see it as what is commonly known as the European Economic Community/EEC or the European Union/EU.
    The History of the Horns in the European Union:
  1. Belgium - 1957
  2. Netherlands - 1957
  3. Luxembourg - 1957
  4. France - 1957
  5. Italy - 1957
  6. West Germany - 1957(now re-unified)
  7. Denmark - 1973 (was never part of the Roman empire) #1 to be plucked out[see Daniel 7:20]
  8. Ireland - 1973 (was never part of the Roman empire) #2 to be plucked out [see Daniel 7:20]
  9. Great Britain - 1973
  10. Greece - 1981 (was the 10th nation to join the E.U.)
  11. Spain - 1986 (the little horn from which antichrist arises from & casts down three of the previous 10)[see Daniel 7:20]
  12. Portugal - 1986 (joined the E.U. following Spain)
  13. Austria - 1995
  14. Sweden - 1995 (was never part of the Roman empire) #3 to be plucked out[see Daniel 7:20]
  15. After this, the E.U. becomes world-wide and sets the stage for antichrist to arrive on the scene.

#2: The Mathematical Interpretation(Numerological)

7 heads are(=) 7 mountains...........................................................................7 = (7heads = 7mountains)
There are also(+) 7 kings..............................................................................14 = 7Kings + 7
5 are fallen(-).................................................................................................9 = 5fallen - 14
1 is(neither + nor -).......................................................................................9
and the other 1 has "not yet come"(-).........................................................8 = 1not yet come - 9
the beast himself is the 8th, and is "of the 7"(neither + nor -)...................8
And(+) the 10 horns are(=) 10 kings............................................................18 = 8 + (10horns = 10kings)

I already know that some people will still not understand how this is correct. But I myself didn't even notice this until after spending very, very, many hours of study and prayer that the Lord brought this wisdom to my attention and guided me through the interpretation of it. We must keep in mind that I'm NOT CHANGING, TWISTING, or ADDING to the scriptures to illustrate that this interpretation fits. Consider that in Rev. 13:18 the reader is given the command to calculate/count the number of the beast. In the original Greek writing of the book of Revelation, the Greek word "psephizo"(psay-fid'-zo) is used here. It means "to use pebbles in enumeration, i.e. (gen.) to compute: -count(Strong's Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990).


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