A Question I Was Asked:

Should We Buy Anything with '666' Marked Upon it? Should I Avoid Any Possible Association with This Number?

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Should we buy anything with '666' marked upon it? Should I avoid any possible association with this number?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Hmm. Now, is this really a serious question? Superstition has no association with true Christianity.

Okay, let's look at this.

First, the Scripture:

This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666. (Revelation 13:18).

John the Apostle was warning about trouble and persecution which would come upon Christians. Using colourful symbolism, he refers to a dragon (always symbolic of Satan in Scripture), that's in verses 1-4, then he shows that this dragon would use or employ symbolic 'beasts' to do his dirty work - I am not going into detail about these various beasts here but Satan obviously uses them to cause trouble and mayhem upon Earth, especially to God's people.

Finally, in verse 18, John personalizes all of this into one man whom the Christians of his day - I repeat his day - would actually experience and come to know about.

Today some various sects and cults like to say that this is some "end time" beast as personified in a man; they believe that he has not come yet, but what does John himself teach about this timing?

1. The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2. who testifies to everything he saw - that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:1-3, my emphases).

So twice John emphasises that many of the things within Revelation would be experienced by those Christian believers living back then - in the First Century AD! He chose to highlight a particular man, a man who would manifest beastly power. This occurred back then. As John wrote, the emperor Nero was about to unleash a most savage persecution against the early church. Look it up! The first persecution of Christians organised by the Roman government took place under the emperor Nero in 64 AD after the Great Fire of Rome. The old idea that John was writing circa 95AD is no longer widely accepted, thanks to the masterly redating of the New Testament writings by JAT Robinson. It is now quite obvious that John wrote much earlier than that (for one thing, the temple - destroyed in 70AD - was still standing when John wrote - Revelation 11:1-2), putting everything together, John was probably writing circa 58-64AD, therefore it is quite obvious that he (John) would wish to warn about Nero.

The emperor Nero very clearly had 666 stamped all over him! GO HERE FOR FULLER DETAILS.

It has been claimed that others, including Mussolini, also had this number stamped upon them. Maybe that is so, but could it be sheer coincidence? John was plainly warning about Nero! Today we don't need to worry about '666.' It simply identified Nero who unleashed the very first and probably the most bloodthirsty of all the persecutions upon the church. As John wrote, the time was very short to Nero's persecution so he goes a little further in identifying a particular man. The Book of Revelation concerns events from John's day until the Second Coming of our Lord, with a few late chapters even going a little beyond that, offering a glimpse into the New Heavens and New Earth.

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Robin A. Brace. December 16th, 2018.