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Published:March 28th, 2009 11:00 EST
666:  Is This The Beginning Of The End?

666: Is This The Beginning Of The End?

By Maria Grella

The Revelation of Jesus Christ 13:18 warns, This calls for wisdom.  Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast; for it is a human number.  Its number is 666. "  Today`s date is June 6, 2006.  The sixth day of the sixth month in `06 "does this mean the beast, aka Anti-Christ, is upon us?  Will he be born today and send us all into oblivion?  Has he already been born and is waiting to wreak havoc on the world sometime before the sun sets this Tuesday?  Or, is that what religious fanatics and profit-seeking companies would have you believe?

Numerical and literal interpretations, religious theologies, and the remake of the movie, The Omen, are having people wonder what the significance is to the almighty evil trio, 666.  The literal value is in regards to each letter of one`s name being valued at a number, and if adding those numbers together equals 666, run for the hills because evil will strike.  Floating on the internet are many jokes "proving` that Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft, is in fact a spawn of Satan; his name adds up to 666.  Other sure-fire evil doers include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and most troubling of all, Barney the Dinosaur. 

Numbers found in the Bible are a little more believable.  Symbolically, the number 7 is reserved for perfection, and is highly referenced in the good book; examples include the seven days of creation, the seven days of the week, and the twenty sevens of the Book of Revelations.  Other numbers also have value.  Eight is considered super perfection, as it is one more than 7, but alas, the number 6 is deficient of one and is unable to reach the perfection of 7.  Six is often used to symbolize the imperfection of human kind, (one head, one body, two arms and two legs).  In keeping with that theory, the Anti-Christ who would be born with the number 666 would have triple the amount of doom bestowed upon him, in religion, politics and social affairs.

Still, these theories have their faults.  Some suggest that the beast is actually a code for the Roman emperor Nero and not the Anti-Christ at all.  According to the Greek alphabet, the numbers may work, but if using the Hebrew values, the numbers become 616.  While the Revelations are the most doom-spreading of all the verses in the bible, some religious leaders say it isn`t to be taken as a prophecy, but more as the struggle of good vs. evil.

It may be more likely that commercialism is taking advantage of those who believe, doubt, or just want to celebrate this unique date in history.  Online betting is taking place on whether the apocalypse will happen; so far, the odds are 100,000 to 1 in favor of surviving the spooky date.  The remake of The Omen and the state of Michigan are also trying to cash in.  On this day in a town 60 miles from Detroit, John Colone, mayor and souvenir shop owner, is anticipating high sales.  The town?  Hell, Michigan.  T-shirts and mugs emblazoned with the evil sixes will be sold, and handed out to visitors will be a letter of authenticity, so they can remember celebrating 666 in Hell.  Advertising the date had the mayor calling radio stations and giving away trips to his town, planning live entertainment, costume contests, and the installation of special gates, which when open appear as flames, but close to reveal a devil`s head.

Superstitions and unexplainable coincidences are also present.  In 1989, when the Reagan`s moved out of office and into the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, CA, they had their address changed from
666 St. Cloud Road, to 668.  Some pregnant women were scheduling cesarean births to prevent their child from being born on this date.  All the numbers on a roulette table add up to six hundred and sixty-six.  Those numerical digits are also part of every barcode on groceries.  The World Wide Web, when abbreviated and decoded becomes 666.

Biblical references, numerical theories and illogical fear based on superstitions all surround 666.  The hell of it is, if there was any established, hard-core proof that either Satan was born or the world was ending, it would probably be too late to do anything about it.  This unique date in history will come and go, with maybe a few fun festivities in the spirit of Halloween.  The number 666 is just that.  A number.  
Still, let`s not name any newborn boys Damien "just in case.