The Number of the Beast

 

This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
Revelation 13:18 (NIV)



Introduction

The NIV translation of perhaps the most intriguing verse in the Bible, linking the number 666 [1] with an entity known as the beast and also with man himself, is the location of an astonishing menagerie of encodings, showing the beast in its many guises. They also name the day of destruction associated with the beast and the transformation of which the destruction wrought on that day was a visible manifestation.

This is the first of several pages that outline the preeminent role the number 666 has to play within the New Bible Code. They will look at the four biblical settings for the number 666, in each case reveal what is encoded therein, show other ways in which the number of the beast is encoded within the NIV and, in doing all this, give you a glimpse of the beast itself.


The Beast

In addition to having a powerful emotional impact (or perhaps because of it), Revelation 13:18 (NIV) is a miracle of gematria, with a plethora of encoded numbers reflecting the plaintext message. Note that most of the numbers are encoded as ordinal values but are meaningful as standard values. This is the signature of the New Bible Code.


The Whole Verse

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Rev. 13:18 (o) = 1151
Beelzebub (s) .= 1151

Beelzebub is the name used throughout the New testament for the Devil! This number is encoded over the entire verse, rather than one of the 324 substrings of words to be found within the verse, a further sign that it is a genuine encoding.

Clauses Within the Verse

Clauses within the verse also appear to be encrypted. Notice that these encodings all harmonise with the grammatical structure of the verse, a phenomenon that is extremely unlikely to have happened by chance. The synonyms for the devil are all found in Roget’s Thesaurus.

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

3rd clause Rev. 13:18 (o) = 352
Satan (s) ..........................= 352

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight,let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

2nd and 3rd clauses Rev. 13:18 (o) = 555
Lucifer (c).......................................= 555

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

4th clause Rev. 13:18 (o) = 216
6 x 6 x 6...........................= 216

 

Revelation 13:18 (NIV)
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

1st and 2nd clauses Rev. 13:18 (o) = 428
The Fallen Angel (s).......................= 428

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

1st clause Rev. 13:18 (o) = 225
King of Hell (s)................= 225
Rebel angel (s) ................= 225

The Pattern of Fives

The number of words in the verse is 25, which is the reduced value of ‘Devil’. In Signs of the Times I show how the number 5 is encoded into one of the 9/11 targets. If the 25 words are split into strings of five words, we find further encodings - all harmonising with this pattern of fives.[2] Again, the synonyms for the devil are from Roget’s Thesaurus.

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

1st 15 words Rev. 13:18 (o) = 733
The Serpent (s).....................= 733
The Father of Lies (s) ..........= 733
The evil genie (s) ..................= 733

 

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

 Words 11 to 20 Rev. 13:18 (o) = 428

The Fallen Angel (s).................= 428

 


Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Last 15 words Rev. 13:18 (o) = 656
Wicked One (s).......................= 656


The Day of Destruction

The Pattern of Fives Again

The pattern of fives has more to reveal to us, appearing to connect the beast with the events of 9/11. Recall that The Pentagon building is encoded with the number five.

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Last 20 words Rev. 13:18 (o) = 911

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

1st 10 words Rev. 13:18 (o) = 495
Eleven (s)..............................= 495

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

 Last 15 words Rev. 13:18 (o) = 656
Wicked One (s).......................= 656
The Pentagon (s).....................= 656

So we have four numbers that can be related through gematria to 9/11, including the standard value of ‘The Pentagon’, the building with five-ness built into its structure, its name and its gematria. Note that the standard value of the word ‘Pentagon’ is also linked to the satanic:

Pentagon (s) = 443
Lucifer (s) ...= 443

The Pattern of Eights

Earlier I showed two encodings coincident with clauses within the verse. These are shown again below.

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Words 1 - 8 Rev. 13:18 (o) = 428
The Fallen Angel (s)...........= 428

Words 9 - 16 Rev. 13:18 (o) = 352
Satan (s) ...............................= 352

If we consider these as word strings we note that they are the first eight words and the next eight words of the verse. The third set of eight words take us up to the second-last word in the verse. If we now calculate their ordinal value we obtain the standard value of a name closely associated with 9/11.(3)

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Words 17 - 24 Rev. 13:18 (o) = 353
Osama bin Laden (s) .............= 353

The Pattern of Eighteens

There is also a pattern involving 18, which is thrice 6 and a compact way of suggesting 666. This involves the first three groups of four words (including the first two clauses) and the first eighteen words. Note that the verse is 18.

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

Number of letters in words 1 - 4 Rev. 13:18 ..= 18
Number of letters in words 5 - 8 Rev. 13:18 ..= 18
Number of letters in words 9 - 12 Rev. 13:18 = 18

The next encoding covers the first eighteen words.

Revelation 13:18 (NIV) 
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

1st 18 words Rev. 13:18 (o) ..............= 848
Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden (s) = 848

This is one of the names by which Osama bin Laden goes under and is reportedly the name he used as his signature after 9/11.

The Place Value of Revelation 13:18

Revelation 13:18 has been placed in a position within both the NIV Bible and New Testament that leaves us in no doubt about which event we should identify with the beast.

1. Revelation 13:18 is the 30911st verse within the NIV Bible.

Note that the last three digits are 911. Since the number begins ‘30...’ it might be thought that this evidence is less strong than it might be. However, there are precedents for this technique, which uses zero as a spacer, in other encodings within the NIV.

2. Revelation 13:18 is the 7766th verse within the NIV New Testament.

7766 is a multiple of the key number 11 (11 x 706) and has 353 as its largest prime factor. 353 is again the standard value of ‘Osama bin Laden’.


The Transformation

The number 666 in Rev.13:18 is the final number in two sums whose totals are standard values (as usual) for common ways of describing an event long awaited by Christians, one that is generally supposed to follow the destruction of the beast. (4) The groupings of these numbers are suggested by the sharing of geometric properties in one instance, their common location in another and their propinquity and unusual magnitude in the third.

The First Total

The first total is of the numbers found in Revelation 13 itself, the verse most associated with the beast. In the chapter, two beasts are described, one ‘out of the water’, the other ‘out of the earth’. Various numbers are used in the descriptions, culminating in the number 666 itself. The verses containing the numbers are reproduced below.

Revelation 13:1, 3, 5, 11, 18 (NIV)
1. And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.

3. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.

5. The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months.

11. Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

18. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.


Summing the emboldened numbers, we obtain the first total.

10 + 7 + 10 + 1 + 42 + 2 + 666 = 738
The Second Appearing (s) ......= 738

The Second Total

The sum that gives the second total is suggested by the fact that, of the very few large numbers found in the text of the New testament, three stand out for being triangular. These are 153 (T17), 276 (T23) and 666 (T36). The verses in which they are found are reproduced below.

John 21:11 (NIV)
Simon Peter climed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.

Acts 27:37 (NIV)
Altogether there were 276 of us on board.


Revelation 13:18 (NIV)
This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.

The passage in John can be seen as a metaphor, the fish lifted out of the sea being souls saved through salvation. The same meaning can be taken from the passage in Acts, where 276 people, including the apostle Paul, are saved from a shipwreck off the island of Malta.


Again summing the emboldened numbers, we obtain the second total.

153 + 276 + 666 ........... = 1095
The Second Advent (s) = 1095

So we find the standard value of another version of the same phrase. In both cases the 666 in Rev. 13:18 is the end point of the string of numbers, which obviously marks it out once more as an extremely important number and location.

 

The Destruction of The Beast

Revelation 13:11, (note the verse number) we are given a description of ‘the beast out of the earth’ that strongly resembles the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, even down to their physical appearance.

Revelation 13:11 (NIV)
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

The last eighteen (6 + 6 + 6) words of this verse, which form its last three clauses, encode the number of the beast, marking it out for our further attention.

Revelation 13:11 (NIV) 
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

Last 18 words (last three clauses) Rev. 13:11 (NIV).= 666

The final two clauses, also encode the beast’s number.

Revelation 13:11 (NIV) 
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

Last two clauses) Rev. 13:11 (NIV).= 443
Lucifer (s) ........................................= 443

The World Trade Centre certainly came “out of the earth’’. Lambs’ horns are blunt, so the twin towers with their flat tops would resemble lambs’ horns. The towers held the offices of many financial and trading firms that are prominent players in the world economy, so it would also be true to say that they “spoke like a dragon”.

The Destruction of the Beast in Revelation

Other verses in Revelation foretell of the destruction of the beast, of which these are a sample. As you read these, recall that verses related to 9/11 are usually earmarked in some way with the key number 11.

1. In a passage describing the war in heaven between the angels of light and those of darkness, Revelation 12:9 describes how satan and his angels were hurled to the earth.

Revelation 12:9 (NIV)
9. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Rev 12:9 (o) = 1518 = 11 x 138

2. Revelation 19:20 describes the fate of the beast and the false prophet.

Revelation 19:20 (NIV)
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur.

Rev 19:20 (o) = 2651 = 11 x 241

3. Revelation 20:9 describes the fate of Satan and his followers.

Revelation 20:9 (NIV)
They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.”

Rev 20:9 (o) = 1342 = 11 x 122

Additionally, 209 is 11 x 19. The fate of Satan and that of the twin towers are conjoined by the elevenness of the verse.

These and other verses within Revelation, all marked with the number 11, as was 9/11, thereby connect the destruction of the twin towers on 9/11 with the destruction of the beast. In fact Revelation 17:11 (again note the verse number) tells us that “The beast who once was, and now is not” is “going to his destruction”. For more verses see 9/11: Revelation.

Destruction by the Beast in Revelation

Within Revelation other verses about the beast are more ambivalent or even suggest that the beast is the one who will do the destroying. For instance, Revelation 11 concerns the two witnesses. These sound suspiciously like the twin towers, especially since the chapter is Revelation’s 11th. Later in the chapter, the two witnesses are destroyed.

Revelation 11:7 (NIV)
7. Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.

Rev 11:7 (o) = 1265 = 11 x 115

Earlier I showed encodings within Revelation 13:18 of the standard values of two names by which the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks is known. Is he then the beast? Again, for more evidence see 9/11: Revelation

9/11 was a multifaceted event, representing some epic biblical themes: 9/11 symbolised The Crucifixion, The Day of Atonement and ultimately was a manifestation of The Second Coming. In this page I have tried to show that 9/11 also represented the destruction of the beast. However, we still have not pinned down exactly who or what is the beast. Although the biblical prophecies and the numbers encrypted within them point to the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon being at least an aspect of the beast, they also point just as surely to the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks.


The Beast Revealed?

I would interpret the ambiguity invited by the encoded numbers within Revelation 13:18 and other locations within this chapter as meaning that the beast is to be found in both victim and perpetrator, in what they had in common.

The USA has long been the most powerful military and economic state in the world, a hegemony that has been unchallenged since the end of the Cold War. In fact, there are so many parallels with the old Roman Empire - the most powerful force in the world when the book of Revelation was written - that the USA has been called “the New Rome”. (5) Despite its nominally Judeo-Christian character the USA worships at the altar of Mammon, and despite the high ideals immortalised in the Declaration of Independence (“We hold these truths to be self-evident,...”), in its actions has been indistinguishable from all other empires, ruthlessly exploiting weaker nations and peoples for its own ends.

A mindset of greed and exploitation is essentially hateful (for you would not take from those you love) and is the opposite of what the Bible teaches, that we love our neighbour as ourselves. The Pentagon and the World Trade centre - the very horns of the beast - were the two most potent symbols of the USA’s hegemony and of the system, now global in span, that it upholds. The mindset of the people who carried out the terrorist attacks, fanatical Islamicists who would spread their theology by force, was in many ways its mirror image. 9/11 was an attack conducted by men who were consumed with hatred, on a system that inspires hatred in those it harms.

I would suggest that the real beast - or at least its lifeblood - is a mindset of hatred, enmity, division and conflict. These ideas are suggested by the form of the numerial ‘11’ (which resemble the horns of a beast) and supported by biblical numerics, in which 11 stands for disorganisation, disorder, disintegration and imperfection. They are also borne out by gematria.

Beast (r) ............= 11

Beast (s) .......,..= 308
Horns (s) .........= 308
Hatred (s) .,,,,,,,= 308

Note that 308 is a multiple of 11, being 11 x 28.

 

Summary

The invitation to “calculate the number of the beast” leads us to an rich treasure of encodings within the NIV, (3) buried beneath the plain text words and unearthed for the most part by a type of calculation much employed in biblical times and still relevant today, the addition of numbers substituted for letters. These encodings bring together three important concepts.

1. The beast, identified here with Satan, Beelzebub, the Fallen Angel, Lucifer, etc.

2. 9/11, including the event itself, the key numbers (11 and 5), one of the targets and the man strongly suspected of being behind the attacks.

3. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, also known as the Second Appearing and the Second Advent.

9/11 was the day when the beast was symbolically destroyed, as foretold in the Book of Revelation, this event marking the beginning of the event Christians call the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, symbols of the economic and military hegemony of the USA (and its allies), were undoubtedly outward manifestations of the beast, the destruction of the twin towers being foreseen in many prophecies (or their destruction ordained to fulfil the prophecies). However, it is also true that the actions of the terrorists who wrought such devastation on that awful day also bear the mark of the beast. The beast lies within us all, which is why it is also ‘man’s number’.

9/11 was a day of tremendous destruction, not just of human life and property, but of an illusion: that the USA was virtually impregnable to attack and that its hegemony over the world was complete. There are two ways to react to such disillusionment. One can try to make ones defenses even more impregnable, which is the route the USA (and most other nations) have so far taken. But it is apparent to many that this will lead to nothing more than an endless arms race of terrorism and counterterrorism. Or one can look inwardly at oneself and try to fugure out why others would want to destroy us and what we stand for. Perhaps this second route would be the wiser one to take.

Bill Downie
1/2/10
Latest update:
13/7/11


Notes

1. There has been a debate about the meaning of the letters for ‘666’ in the original Greek versions of Rev. 13:18, some authorities holding that the sum is 616. However, I think the important fact for the New Bible Code is that it is tanslated in that version as 666. Incidentally, 616 is a multiple of 11, the 9/11 key number, and 2 x 308, the standard value of ‘beast’, so either number has links to 9/11.
2. This technique of encoding numbers is found elsewhere in the NIV Bible. For example, see The Signature of Christ.
3. The word ‘cross’ also has a standard value of 353. This relates to another one of the functions of 9/11, which is to symbolise the Crucifixion.
4. In fact the encodings of the phrases related to the Second Coming are found in all versions of the Bible, not just the NIV.
5. For example the book The New Rome?, by Cullen Murphy, investigates the parallels between modern USA and the ancient Roman Empire.