Emperor Nero's Number
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Emperor Nero's Number (Revelation 13.18)

"This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. [or "is humanity’s number"] That number is 666." (Revelation 13.18)✞

Hebrew Letters Read

Nero Letters = 666One of the most plausible answers to the question of the meaning of the number 666 may be under our noses as a reference to the Emperor Nero. In the Nineteenth Century, James Austin Bastow (1810-1894), a Primitive Methodist Minister in Lancashire England, identified the number as having a symbolic correlation to the Emperor Nero. The first readers of this book probably thought that 666 was an oblique reference to the Emperor Nero because of the great persecution he undertook upon the Christian Faith. At the very least, 666 was thought of as the "number of imperfection", whereas 777 was regarded as the number of perfection and completeness. Nero symbolized all the evils of the Roman Empire. The Greek name "Nero" transliterated into Hebrew letters reads, "NERON KESAR" which has the numeric value of 666! (see diagram)✞

616 or 666?

Six hundred and Sixty SixA few early manuscripts have the number "616" in place of "666" and this strangely also further points to the Emperor Nero for while the Greek form of Nero's name adds up to "666" the Latin form of Nero's name adds up amazingly to "616" and reinforces this conclusion! "Papyrus 115" which is the oldest preserved manuscript as of 2017 from c317 AD of the Book of Revelation as well as other ancient sources like "Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus" give the number of the Beast as "616" not "666." Another manuscript dating to just after "P115" has "616" written out in full as literally "six hundred and sixteen"! It is interesting to note that "888" is the Greek number for Jesus by the same calculation! Whatever specific application the number 666 or 616 is given, whether to Adolf Hitler, Napoleon or Emperor Nero or not, it symbolizes the worldwide dominion and complete evil of an unholy force designed to undo Christ's work and overthrow him by deceit.

"Emperor Nero's Number"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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