666 Questions – The Number of the Beast or the Devil in Modern Popular Culture
666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or, alternatively, the Devil in modern popular culture. The number 666 is purportedly used to invoke Satan.
Earnest references to the number occur both among apocalypticist Christian groups and in explicitly anti-Christian subcultures. References in contemporary Western art or literature are, more likely than not, intentional references to the Beast symbolism. Such popular references are therefore too numerous to list.
It is common to see the symbolic role of the integer 666 transferred to the digit sequence 6-6-6. Some people take the Satanic associations of 666 so seriously that they actively avoid things related to 666 or the digits 6-6-6. This is known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia. In a couple of early biblical manuscripts, the number is cited as 616.
Other Meanings for 666
- the magic sum, or sum of the magic constants of a six by six magic square, any row or column of which adds up to 111
- the sum of all the numbers on a roulette wheel (1 through 36)
- was a winning lottery number in the 1980 Pennsylvania Lottery scandal, in which equipment was tampered to favor a 4 or 6 as each of the three individual random digits
- The number is a frequent visual element of Aryan Brotherhood tattoos
- Aleister Crowley adopted the namesake ‘the Great Beast 666’. As such, 666 is also associated with him, his work, and his religious philosophy of Thelema
- The most common carbon isotope (Carbon-12), the basis of all known life on Earth, consists of 6 protons, 6 neutrons and 6 electrons
- In China the number is considered to be lucky and is often displayed in shop windows and neon signs. In China, 666 can mean “everything goes smoothly”
The Number 13
Number 13 is considered an unlucky number in some countries, including the United States. The end of the Mayan calendar’s 13th Baktun was superstitiously feared as a harbinger of the apocalyptic 2012 phenomenon.
Fear of the number 13 has a specifically recognized phobia, Triskaidekaphobia, a word coined in 1911. The superstitious sufferers of triskaidekaphobia try to avoid bad luck by keeping away from anything numbered or labeled thirteen.
As a result, companies and manufacturers use another way of numbering or labeling to avoid the number, with hotels and tall buildings being conspicuous examples (thirteenth floor is often missing). It’s also considered unlucky to have thirteen guests at a table. Friday the 13th has been considered the unluckiest day of the month.
Questions About unlucky numbers 666, and 13
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What is the spiritual meaning of magic number 666?
Does metaphysical meanings and spiritual powers does this number impart?
What about other magic numbers like 7 and 13?
Do you believe in any kind of lucky or unlucky numbers? Do numbers have power?
666 divided by 3 is 222, which sounds like “tootootoo!”, which is funny.
Global warming, 07-07-07 reply?
Likely no one would see this if I had replied at the bottom of my last question.
No I haven’t, but the trailer shows Mount Kilimanjaro.
They say that it is because of global warming.
It’s just because snow has stopped falling there, rather than the ice melting away.
The snow stop may also seem like global warming, but it is not.
While 2005 probably had a very hot summer, 2006 and so far 2007 were much cooler (rarity wise).
I Can’t make it much simpler…
superstition is always BS without science.
Why is 7 lucky?
13 is unlucky because of whatever happened many hundred years ago. It doesn’t mean that it will rub off into today.
If people didn’t know that 7 was a lucky number, marriages wouldn’t have been so common.
Since 7 is naturally lucky, they should have the same amount of marriages whether they know or not.
Why do you believe in 7? Explain why (7 is lucky), then explain why it is lucky or whatever other reason you thought of.
That is the problem! An inconvenient truth lies. The light scientific evidence agrees with it.
The deep scientific evidence that most people cannot get to is against the belief of global warming.
I don’t “believe” or trust like you do.
If I see a scientific movie, I put hours of research into it before I know it.
Mark, the water below the surface will cool it back down (replying to that paragraph)
Global Warming MEANS “World Wide Warming!” It is ONLY A Political Term = NOT based in Real Science!
The EARTH is covered by “Three Quarters WATER!” Basic Science, it takes ONE-Btu to raise One Cubic Centimeter ONE Degree Centigrade!
HOW many “Gazillion Cubic Centimeters are there ONLY on the Surface of Planet Earth COVERED by 3/4 Water?”
HOW many Btu’s would it take TO RAISE THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE ONE DEGREE?
DO THE MATH!
And, were are the Million TEMPERATURE MEASURING SITES on the Many Oceans THAT TELL US THAT THE OCEAN TEMPERATURES ARE RISING? Not!
Oh yes, POLAR temperatures have varied LESS Than one degree in the past 100-Years. Noticed I said VARIED, = NOT RISEN!
How did the numbers 666 becomes the devil number, where did this orignate and r there any other devil symbols?
How the #13 become a bad or unlucky #. Elevators and hotels don’t have floors with the #13. Who started this and Why? And why is #7 a godly or lucky #. How did this get started?
What does 666 and the other # represent?
The final book of the New Testament is Revelation, and for centuries theologians have pondered its highly symbolic, prophetic language. Revelation tells of impending Armageddon, an end of all time, when a great war will be fought between good and evil, and God will triumph. In Revelation, “the beast,” also called the Antichrist, personifies evil.
Revelation, Chapter 13 speaks of the beast and how to identify his followers. According to verses 16 and 17, they will have the mark or the name or number of the beast on their right hands or foreheads. Verse 18 introduces the number 666 itself: “Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
It’s unclear why the specific number 666 is the number of the beast. According to Dial-the-Truth Ministries, the number 6 is the number of man because in the Bible, God created man on the sixth day. Elsewhere in the Bible (Matthew 16:23), Satan is described as being “man-centered” (as opposed to God-centered). Thus the devil’s number would be a twist on man’s number. This is just one theory, and the number 666 has generated plenty of debate.
The fear of Friday the 13th stems from two separate fears — the fear of the number 13 and the fear of Fridays. Both fears have deep roots in Western culture, most notably in Christian theology. Thirteen is significant to Christians because it is the number of people who were present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12 apostles). Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive.
Christians have traditionally been wary of Fridays because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Additionally, some theologians hold that Adam and Eve ate from the forbidden fruit on a Friday, and that the Great Flood began on a Friday. In the past, many Christians would never begin any new project or trip on a Friday, fearing they would be doomed from the start.
Sailors were particularly superstitious in this regard, often refusing to ship out on a Friday. According to unverified legend (very likely untrue), the British Navy commissioned a ship in the 1800s called H.M.S. Friday, in order to quell the superstition. The navy selected the crew on a Friday, launched the ship on a Friday and even selected a man named James Friday as the ship’s captain. Then, one Friday morning, the ship set off on its maiden voyage… And disappeared forever. A similar, entirely factual story is the harrowing flight of Apollo 13.
Some historians suggest the Christian distrust of Fridays is actually linked to the early Catholic Church’s overall suppression of pagan religions and women. In the Roman calendar, Friday was devoted to Venus, the goddess of love.
When Norsemen adapted the calendar, they named the day after Frigg, or Freya, Norse goddesses connected to love and sex. Both of these strong female figures once posed a threat to male-dominated Christianity, the theory goes, so the Christian church vilified the day named after them.
This characterization may also have played a part in the fear of the number 13. It was said that Frigg would often join a coven of witches, normally a group of 12, bringing the total to 13. This idea may have originated with the Christian Church itself; it’s impossible to verify the exact origins of most folklore. A similar Christian legend holds that 13 is unholy because it signifies the gathering of 12 witches and the devil.
The number 13 could also have been considered pagan because there are 13 months in the pagan lunar calendar. The lunar calendar also corresponds to the human menstrual cycle, connecting the number to femininity.
Read more at http://people.howstuffworks.com/friday-thirteenth.htm
Number seven, a very cabalistic and used number thru history, is considered lucky among other reasons for being the number of perfection. God, the Bible says, created the Universe in 7 days. Thus 6 is the imperfect number, this is why 666 is the number of Satan or the Beast. On dices, where seven is a winning number, to get a 7 you need one dice on 6 and a 1 on the opposite side on the other dice. All opposite side numbers adds to 7.
Why are Apocalyptics so uneasy admiting 666 came up as a result of believing in magic in mathematics?
666 is a triangular number.
Those numbers form a series, consisting of 1, 3, 6, 10, etc…
that is to say 1, 1+2, 1+2+3, 1+2+3+4, etc…
666 is the 36th number o this series. 36, of course if 6^2 and is itself, in fact, a triangular number, (The 8th in the series).
You can verify this by yourself if you don’t believe me (I have).
So what’s so offensive to apocalyptics about the notion they’re dealing with people who think numbers are magical things? Isn’t it obvious?
Pytagoreans saw some mystical work at hand in the fact the square of a hypotenuse of a right triangle was equal to the sum of the squares of its sides. What of it?
Here’s the problem:
a) The authors of these things were completely unaware of these properties and then the Devil sees magic in numbers and makes use of it. (Which sounds silly to us).
b) The authors were fully aware of these numerical properties and gave them a certain importance. In which case as far as modern man is concerned, the whole thing is laced with mumbo-jumbo.
666 has these properties.
That much I’m sure of.
And they can’t be just an accident.
There’s not a whole lot of three-digit numbers which are triangular and consist of a digit repeated three times in the decimal system. There is, in fact, one.
What does 144,000 figure in as–the number of the supposed saved or raptured?
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