My sermon podcast today marked an interesting anniversary. It was blog post number 666 on this blog.
Back in January of 2009 I referred to a 666 workout that sounds really hellish. But when it comes to Biblical studies I want to share my take on Revelation 13:18 as well:
“This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.”

Hebrew gematria translates the number 666 into Emperor Nero. Now the Gospel of John was written during the reign of Domitian, thirty year’s after Nero’s death. I think it is an interpretation of the emperor as Nero Redivivus. Basically every generation has to fear the evil spirits of the past keep coming back.
Mythological? – Not really.
Real? – Oh yeah, your past can sure haunt you.

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