Revelation 13:

18 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.

Does it allude to the following?:

Genesis 1:

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, a and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Related question:

What is the original Number of the Beast?
My question assumes 666 as the standard text and relates it to Genesis 1:31.

  • Does this answer your question? What is the original Number of the Beast? Oct 12, 2021 at 15:17
  • Tony's question is different to the other question asking if the original number is 616 or 665. Oct 12, 2021 at 16:23
  • Yes, in Biblical numerology 6 is the number of man. 7 is completion, 10 world government, 11 resurrection power (John 11:11), 12 Kingdom government, etc. Oct 12, 2021 at 17:39
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    The text of Rev 13 says that number of the beast is NOT 666, but, six hundred sixty six - there is a BIG difference. Check the Greek!
    – Dottard
    Oct 12, 2021 at 20:54
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    Noteworthy is that the number 666 according to the Greek letters is six hundred and sixty six. Because the first Greek letter means six hundred. The second means sixty. And the third means six. If the number was supposed to be 6 6 6 the Greek letters used would be the same number across the board, which would be a repetition of the greek letter that signifies the number 6. Oct 14, 2021 at 23:29

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There are many "6" numbers associated with mankind in the Bible.

  • Sixth day of creation week
  • Six days of the week belong to man (the seventh is the Lord's day)
  • Six commandments of the Ten relate to dealings with mankind

From biology, we might add a couple more.

  • We have six primary senses (yes, six--most biologists miss one): sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and balance.

  • Having six fingers on each hand is genetically dominant, and was probably the original. The giants in the Bible still had this.

And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. (2 Samuel 21:20, KJV)

So when the Bible says that the "666" is the number of a man, it might refer to a man who is put or who puts himself/herself in the place of God to be worshiped (see Rev. 13:15).

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (Revelation 13:18, KJV)


The number Six hundred, sixty, six, or 666 is one of the most intriguing numbers in the Bible because it supposedly holds the key to the identity of one of the most fearfully anticipated villains in human history.

Theologians, futurologists, and many brilliant minds over the centuries have endeavored to crack the code of the number. Some Kabbalists have studied the three elements of the number to derive significance from each. Irenaeus, a 2nd c. bishop found significance in the 600 as the age of Noah when God began to destroy the world, with the 60 and 6 referring to Nebuchadnezzar’s image. (Adv.haer 5.29.2). He also tried to get a name out of the numbers 666 but was unsuccessful.

If you add the numbers corresponding to the Greek name Iesous, you get 888. 8 is the number of new beginnings as the 8th day is the first day of a new week. The term Son of Man appears 88 times in the NT. Jesus was the beginning of all creation, he offers a new beginning and newness of life to all who trust in him, and he is the beginning and the end.

6 is the number of man who was created on the 6th day. Does 666 have anything to do with that? The Antichrist is the imitator of Christ and his antithesis. He is a great deceiver but will pretend to be the true Christ preaching truth to the world. He will try to imitate a new beginning on earth, 888 (new creation), with the power of man, 666 (old creation).

The first seal predicts the Antichrist's arrival on a white horse as he goes forth to conquer the world. 666 represents an intensification of man and he will be "super man" with supernatural abilities. He will cause almost all men and women to worship him and he will represent the apex of the hope of humanity for salvation apart from the true God and his Son, 888. Don't fall for the false promises of science or even miraculous signs creating a wonderful new world before the real Messiah returns. The faithful sheep will recognize the true Shepherd.

It may very well be that the name of the Antichrist adds up to 666. There are likely more mysteries to be unlocked from that number as the end approaches and God grants wisdom.


There is no mystery to this. The Bible explains clearly who "the man of sin is" The Pope is the antichrist, One of his titles is Vicarius Filii Dei (Vicar of the Son of God) Wich literally means "Substitute of Christ" Using the value of Roman numerals, the sum of the letters in that title is 666.

Here’s how the calculation works. As in Greek and Hebrew, some Latin letters are used for numbers. “I” = 1; “V” = 5; “X” = 10; “L” = 50; “C” = 100; “D” = 500; “M” = 1000. Letters that have no numerical value are to be ignored in calculating the numerical significance of a name. The letter “U” is treated as “V.” Since there is no “W” in Latin, it is rendered as “VV.”

The Latin title Vicarius Filii Dei, then, would be VICARIVS FILII DEI. You get these numbers: 5 (V) + 1 (I) + 100 (C) + 1 (I) + 5 (V) + 1 (I) + 50 (L) + 1 (I); + 1 (I) + 500 (D) + 1 (I). The total is 666.

This is one of MANY proofs of who the antichrist is. Study the book of Daniel along with Revelations & you will see that no other entity fits ALL of the criteria as does the RCC. This was the belief of ALL the Reformist (almost all were burned alive by the RCC) May God give you wisdom in this matter.

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    This calculation regards Roman letters. However, the text was written in Greek. Greek and Hebrew numbering may apply, Roman numerals don't - at least if we suppose that the author of this text knew the meaning.
    – Jeschu
    Oct 13, 2021 at 13:28
  • Vicarius Filii Dei was a title in the forged Donation of Constantine. The historical title is Vicarius Christi.
    – yters
    Nov 22, 2022 at 19:58

"The number of a man" most probably is a reference to Gematria which is an ancient ciphering technique. In plain meaning, it is not obviously a reference to the six days of creation. Because ancient Hebrew and Aramaic (and many other ancient scripts) reused letters for numerals, you can reinterpret a name as being a number. The name of this 'beast' when read as a number will add up to 666.

Reading the Gematria for a name is pretty easy. Just spell the name in Hebrew letters. Each letter corresponds to a number. Then add all the numbers to get the result. For example, "Nero Caesar" written as Hebrew נרון קסר would be 50 + 200 + 6 + 50 + 100 + 60 + 200 = 666 according to Finegan's schedule of ancient Hebrew numerals. (Gematria for other ancient scripts are also possible, as many ancient scripts reused letters as numerals.)

So in plain meaning, the 'number of the beast' is not a reference to the six days of creation. However, one of the most intriguing things about prophecy is that sometimes coincidences are not accidents. In many passages of scripture the plain meaning of the text is supplemented by a deeper prophetic meaning. This could plausibly be one such instance.

If we take six to be the number of man, and of the sins of mankind, and understanding that in the ancient Hebrew Aramaic dialect, repetition was an expression of emphasis, the number 666 would have the semantics of "most human" or even "most fallen" or "most sinful". Rather fitting for someone described in black-letter prophecy as a "man of sin".

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