666 Is Not the Number the of the Beast - Get it Right!

Most bible-believing Christian believe that the numbers '666' directly correspond to 'the number of the beast' and the anti-Christ as described in Revelation 13:17-18. 

The King James translation reads;
'And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 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.'

The fact of the matter is everything we've believed about the number 666 is all wrong. Here are the facts:

  1. The number 666 is proven translation error. 
  2. The correct number is 616. 
  3. All previously held theories associating the numbers 666 to any political or religious figure to the anti-Christ must be rejected and discarded because it is factually inaccurate.

In May 2005, scholars at Oxford University using the latest advanced imaging techniques reexamined a 1,700 year old previously difficult to read papyrus and discovered that the fragment reads '616', not 666.

This papyrus fragment is the earliest known record of the Book of Revelation. The fragment was taken from the Oxyrhynchus site and is Papyrus #115 or P115. The fragment clearly identifies the number of the beast as 616.

Reference sources: 
  •  "A new Oxyrhynchus Papyrus of Revelation": P115 (P. Oxy. 4499)
  • "Concerning the Text of the Apocalypse", vol. 2, p. 364; Herman C. Hoskier. 
  • David C. Parker, Dept of Theology, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.}

Dr. Paul Lewes in his book, 'A Key to Christian Origins' (1932) wrote: "The figure 616 is given in one of the two best manuscripts, C (Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus, Paris), by the Latin version of Tyconius (DCXVI, ed. Souter in the Journal of Theology, SE, April 1913)

Professor David C. Parker, Professor of New Testament Textual Criticism and Paleography at the University of Birmingham, states on record that "616, although less memorable than 666, is the original".

Now that we have the truth in our hands, we should accept the truth for what it is. Every teacher of bible of prophecy should review the evidence for themselves and take the appropriate steps in making these truths available to their flock.

During my seminar years I recalling studying the works of Irenaeus (202 AD), a great church father. Bishop Irenaeus was a student of Polycarp, who in turn was a direct disciple of Saint John the Evangelist. Irenaeus played a key role in the formation of early church doctrine. He reported several scribal errors of the number 666. (See: "Book V, Chapter XXX.". Adversus Haereses).

There are other reliable sources such as 3rd century manuscripts of Revelation which clearly read 616. {Reference: Grout, James. "Nero as the Antichrist". Encyclopaedia Romana. Retrieved 2008-06-13.}

Now that you have a knowledge of the truth, it's up to you to become a faithful steward of it. Will you continue to believing the error just to protect sacred religious cows? Or will you embrace the Light of truth God is giving us in order to understanding His plan for the end-time generations. The choice is yours.

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agreed, because NERO's name is numerically, 616. This shows us that revelation is a historical book, showing us historical figures, such as NERO(the beast), in metaphors and symbols.
Brother Pierce, you are absolutely correct. You are standing on historical facts, not theory or assumption. I hope the church wakes up to these truths. It will liberate them from this anti-Christ and mark of the beast phobia that many struggle with.


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