666 and the NIV

Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.
Revelation 13:18 (NIV)


In this final page of my 666 suite, I will show how the NIV Bible has been imprinted with the number of the beast at its most fundamental levels of structure. These ‘root’ encodings strongly uphold the general message of the previous pages and of this entire website, linking 666 to the following themes: the beast; wisdom; 9/11; the Second Coming.

Genesis 25:7

1. The 666th verse of the NIV Bible is Genesis 25:7, which gives the lifespan of the patriach Abraham.

Genesis 25:7 (NIV)
Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy five years.

Genesis 25:7 (o) = 521
The beast (s) .....= 521

Here we see 666 reaffirmed as the number of the beast, via the two-stage system unique to the New Bible Code: the number was encoded as an ordinal value but meaningful as a standard value.

2. The lifespan of Abraham, 175 years, is part of a thread numbers beginning in Genesis 5 and continuing through the book. These numbers, beginning with Adam and following the male line of the ancestors of David, are the lifespans of these figures and sometimes also their age at the birth of their first male child.

In Genesis Genealogies I show that the sum of these numbers to the 666th chapter is 20391. This and a second number, 20888, the total to the lifespan of Joseph given in Genesis 50:22, are I believe encoded referrences to the Second Coming:

Second Coming (s) ..................= 391
The Lord’s Second Coming (s) = 888

Note that the zero in these numbers seems to be used as a spacer, drawing attention to the digits that come before and after. Another example of this encoding technique is given later.

Ecclesiastes 7

1. The 666th chapter in the NIV Bible is Ecclesiastes 7, which concerns wisdom. Wisdom is of course the quality that Revelation 13:18 warns will be required if we are to successfully calculate the number of the beast.

The first six words of this chapter have an ov that is the cube of six.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 (NIV)
1. A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

1st 6 words Eccl. 7:1 (o) = 216 = 6 x 6 x 6

The entire verse has an o.v. of 729.

Ecclesiastes 7:1 (NIV)
1. A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

Eccl. 7:1 (o) = 729 = 9 x 9 x 9

Nine is the biblical number of endings, finality, judgment, fruits and suffering. The last verse in this chapter is Eccl. 7:29. Like 521 (see above), the number 729 takes part in other encodings within the NIV Bible. In particular, the numbers 729 and 217 are geometrically closely related, because cube 729 will cast a two-dimensional shadow in the form of hexagon 217. These numbers play a starring role in the geometric puzzle posed by 9/11.

Revelation 13:18

This infamous verse is the last and the most dramatic entry that 666 makes into the Bible.

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.

In The Number of the Beast I show how this apocalyptic verse is heavily encoded with numbers relating to the devil, 9/11 and the Second Coming. It also is the end point for larger scale encodings relating to the Second Coming.

At an even larger scale, the NIV Bible appears to be constructed so that two remarkable numbers emerge from a study of the place value of this apocalyptic verse.

1. In the NIV Bible, Rev. 13:18 is the 30911st verse.

Like the numbers 20391 and 20888, mentioned earlier, the number of interest is the one after the zero ‘spacer’.

2. In the NIV New Testament, Rev. 13:18 is the 7766th verse.

This encodes 11, the 9/11 key number, and 353, standard value of Osama bin Laden and ‘Cross’.

7766 = 11 x 706
7766 = 22 x 353

These remarkable positional values are tabulated below.

Thus through the structure of the NIV Bible, yet another link has been made between 666 and 9/11.

The Basic Structure of The NIV Bible

At the most fundamental level of structure we see the imprint of 666 on the NIV Bible.

1. The number of books in the NIV Bible is 66.

2. The number of chapters is 1189. The number 1188 (1) is 18 x 66, 18 being 6 + 6 + 6.

In Revelation 13:18, the number 18 is encoded as shorthand for 666.

3. The number of verses is 31086, which is a multiple of 18, being 18 x 1727.

These are but partial imprints. However, at the most basic level of all, (2) we find the full mark of the beast.

4. The number of words in the NIV Bible is 726606, which is 666 x 1091! (3)

I don’t think I need to point out how statistically improbable it is that the number of words in a version already so imprinted with 666 turns out to be divisible by that number, to leave a factor containing the digits 9, 1 and 1! (4)

These relationships are tabulated below. Remember, 18 is 6 + 6 + 6.


The invitation to “calculate the number of the beast” has led us down many dark alleyways within the NIV, where we have followed the beast to its many lairs deep within the structure of that version. The profound relationship between 666 and 9/11, already elucidated in earlier pages, is deepened further by the above findings. These demonstrate that the NIV Bible, the main vehicle for the New bible Code, revealing over and over again that 9/11 was the end-point of biblical end-time prophecy, is watermarked with the number of the beast.

Bill Downie
Latest update:


1. I normally demand that my calculations are exact, but, just for once, I am going to forget about the extra one!
2. Since numbers in the code are found encoded at the word level, words are the most fundamental level of structure in the NIV that we need consider.
3. I have not yet been able to confirm that the number of words is 726606, so this result is tentative as yet.
4. Incidentally, 666 x 911 is 606726, which is just the overall total of 726606 with the first and last three-digit pair swapped round.