I will interested in what the "world" said about the number 666 and the relations to the beast as mentioned in both Daniel and Revelations:
The Nine characteristics of the beast are:
1. The beast combines religious and political power simultaneously, "they worshiped the beast ..." Rev. 13:4.
2. The beast came to power in a densely populated area of the world,"I...saw a beast rise up out of the sea" Rev. 13:1.
3. The beast obtained its power and authority from Satan, thus we would expect its history to contain a great deal of deception,"the dragon gave him [the beast] his power, and his seat, and great authority" Rev. 13:2.
4. The beast ruled ruthlessly possessing absolute hegemony (domination) for 1260 years. This period must have a clear starting point and end with the 'deadly wound'."Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months." "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death." "And power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" Rev. 13:5, 3, 7.
5. The beast persecuted Christians during the 1260 years."And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them" Rev. 13:7.
6. The beast will fully recover from its 'deadly wound' and the world will marvel after it,"and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast" Rev. 13:3.
7. The beast has a mysterious 666 that identifies his office and name,"count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six" Rev. 13:18.
8. The beast blasphemes by claiming to be God and granting absolution (the power to forgive sins of others).
9. The beast made other blasphemous claims, undertaking actions that are God's exclusive prerogative."And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies" Rev. 13:5.Dear reader , which power in history fulfills all the identifying marks? To the honest in heart, there is but one answer: The Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic Church is the beast which God, out of love, is warning us of. It is not the purpose of this article to attack Roman Catholics, but to reveal the truth about the Catholic system. No one need be offended, but rather be encouraged to seek for facts and confirmation.
Through my research over the past few months - everything broke down to this simple statement, which has been shared with many around the world!
(7) The Roman Catholic Church has the mysterious number 666:
The official title of the pope is "Vicarius Filii Dei", which translated is, "Representative of the Son of God". To confirm, the Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor of April 18, 1915 wrote: "The engraved letter on the pope's Mitre is as follows: 'Vicarius Filii Dei '". Since in Latin certain letters have numerical values, we only need to add them up to come to 666.
Now I thought - let me go and see what the "world" says about "Vicarius Filii Dei".
I stumbled across a bible study site with a cross argument that says that this name is just fiction / conspiracy theory, just coincidence.....I love it when I see things like this! Sorry satan, you not going to change my mind now!
I stumbled across this page...
Wow....this person has really done there homework! Everything I have ever watched / read / or thought about the Papal system and its relations to the beast of Daniel and Revelation, could not be this exact! Amen to that!
Well you have it for yourself to research and the truth about our protestantism is right here in front of us....we need to wake this up in our churches and take this study seriously!!