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Why is the number 666 associated with the Devil?


If you haven’t figured that out, don’t feel bad about yourself because deciphering this code requires extensive Bible knowledge, a master’s degree in Roman-Israelite history, and a “black belt” in Gematria – an ancient alphanumeric Hebrew code.

It all goes back to one verse in the Book of Revelation: ‘One who understands can calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number that stands for a person. His number is six hundred and sixty-six’ (Rev. 13:18).

Mind you, the book of Revelation was written during the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, and soon after the Romans desecrated and destroyed the holy temple in Jerusalem.

the book was written in Hebrew and here lies in the code – the numeric value of ‘Nero’ in Hebrew is 666. Yap, Emperor Nero is the beast and devil.


Bonus Fact: In Judaism, the devil’s name is Satna (שטן) meaning “divert out of the path”, as he contently tries to divert men from the righteous way, to test them. However, it is clear that Satan is subjected to God’s will and work on his behalf.

In contrast, in Christianity the devil, ‘Lucifer’, appears as a rebellious independent demon, waging war against human souls and world domination. As such he is the source of evil in the world.

In Islam, the Devil’s name is ‘Iblis’ (إبليس) and nicknamed ‘Alshitan’ (الشيطان) , which resembles the Hebrew word or nickname ‘Aloesuas’ (الوسواس) meaning the whisperer. All three names refer in a broad sense to all the evil spirits who cooperate with Iblis, the head devil, but also describe Iblis himself.

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