“…666 “

–Revelation 13:18


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   In the 1980s Ronald Wilson Reagan, among some, was one of the most hated U. S. Presidents in my lifetime. On college campuses he was accused of “Iran-Contra” something for years¹.

   Some accused him of being the Antichrist of Revelation 13 in the Bible. Why? Among other things, his name revealed the “mark of the beast.” How? There were 6 letters in each of his three names.

   People, in general, think more highly of Reagan today.

   Often, as well considering the source of information, we’ve stressed the importance of context when looking at Bible passages


   Let’s broaden the context of our number here:

“…he [the Beast or Antichrist] forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name….the number of the beast…is man’s number. His number is 666.”

–Rev. 13: 16-18


   This all fits in a larger context: Rev. Ch. 13; and that in a larger context: The Book of Revelation; and still larger context, the Bible itself . There many commentaries and other books that talk about this.

   It’s interesting to note that the privilege of “buying and selling” of many things–and down the road, perhaps, everything in a cashless world–can be controlled by whether one’s barcode is approved and can measure up to “somebody else’s” standard.


   ¹ Personal memories from teaching in a large state university.