|Sons To Glory Newsletter #23||
National Day of Prayer - May 7, 2015
The Good Number 666
by Paul Jablonowski
Is the number 666 all bad? God created ALL things good to begin with, but man has corrupted much of what God calls good. This article will explore the possibility that God has a good purpose for six hundred and sixty six.
Just from a purely mathematical perspective, the number 666 is rather remarkable. The sum of the numbers 1 through 36 is 666, so that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17 + 18 + 19 + 20 + 21 + 22 + 23 + 24 + 25 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 29 + 30 + 31 + 32 + 33 + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666. And the square of six is 36, being 6 x 6 where 360 is the cardinal number used for the full degrees of a circle. The numbers 1 through 36 can also be arranged in a sudoku fashion (see below) such that the sum of each line, both horizontally and vertically, in the 6 by 6 square will add up to 111:
The number 111 is a trinity associated with the gematria for many of the names of God and Jesus. For example, if you add up all the Greek letters in the name "Jesus" and add their numbers it will come to 888 which is a factor of 111. Gematria is a well known interpretation of Hebrew and Greek words because each letter in these alphabets is also a number. So simply adding up the numbers in any given word or phrase will give you the gematria "number" of that word or phrase. Just a few of the names of God that add up to factors of 111 include: "The Most High," "The LORD my God," "Wonderful," "Jesus," "Messiah," "God Almighty," "In the beginning God," and "Lord of Hosts."
E.W. Bullinger said, "If six is the number of secular or human perfection, then 66 is a more emphatic expression of the same fact, and 666 is the concentrated expression of it; 666 is therefore the trinity of human perfection."(1) He then goes on to give the typical interpretation of 666 that it is rebellion against God, but SIX at its core is simply just the number of man, and man was created in perfection in the garden of Eden which was also perfect. Man's rebellion and fall from his destiny is a product of his own choice and not God's, even though God is Sovereign and will work it out for good.
There are numerous sermons and writings on how 666 represents man's sinful condition and there is some truth to this interpretation. Most bible interpretations say that 666 is "the number of the beast" and "the number of a man" (Rev. 13:18). But why does the enemy want this number? If you study pagan religions, secret societies, and spiritualism, they are often fascinated with this number. Satanic worship certainly claims this number for the reason of rebellion against God, but is there another reason why the enemy wants 666? Perhaps it is because satan wants man's authority and inheritance of the earth.
Satan is the one who gained from the fall of mankind. He gained authority over the kingdoms of this world until Jesus came and took them back for mankind. Satan is the one who out of envy and jealousy tempted mankind to doubt the words of God and trust in the knowledge of good and evil. Why did Satan hate mankind and deceive them? Because we were destined to be 666... the trinity of human perfection! We were created in the image of God to be in the natural world, what God is in the spiritual world. We were destined to be an example of His character and love for all of creation. Therefore, He gave us authority on the earth.
Bonnie Gaunt writes, "666 is the earth number, and the number of man... the gematria of the Bible associates this number with the creation of the earth... thus the number 666 relates to the original perfection of the earth as a home for man."(2) Bonnie then gives a few examples of Biblical phrases whose gematria add up to 666 and relate to the earth, such as "He hath made the earth" (Jeremiah 10:12) = 666; and "spreading out the earth" (Isaiah 42:5) = 666. The earth itself bears this truth, since the orbital plane of the earth is 66.6 degrees from its polar axis. This earth fact is shown in the following diagram below:
Keep in mind, the full circumference of a circle is 360 degrees which uses increments of 6, where 36 represents completeness or perfection in a full circle. Thirty-six may also represent completeness or perfection in regards to mankind coming "full circle" from their "fall" & sin back to their redemption & restoration into the earth as a garden of Eden again. God's purpose and destiny for mankind will be fulfilled. Our sin and fall from grace may have delayed God's plan, but it has not been thwarted. The earth will once again become a garden of Eden where man uses his authority with righteousness. Thirty-six can be interpreted as "the authority of man" because thirty is written in Hebrew with a lamed letter which means a "staff of authority" and 6 is the number of man. Hence 36 = authority of man.
It really is about authority in earth. Satan deceived man in order to gain man's authority. Man has corrupted his God given authority, and instead uses control and manipulation for selfish purposes. Therefore, 36 and 666 in particular are currently more associated with the fall of man and the wrath of God upon sin, but this was not the original intent. Using authority properly and with justice and love will again be done in the earth, but only after a purging of the old order that is currently operating in the kingdoms of man. I believe our generation will see this earth cleansing (see Timing of Christ's Kingdom for more details).
It was said of Mary Magdeline that Jesus cast seven demons out of her, and many have assumed that she was a prostitute, but consider instead that she may have been a high society person who operated in the occult. Those at the top echelons of world control do so through the occult because Satan is the god of this world and gives authority in the current world kingdoms to those who will serve him. They are rulers of evil who have a seemingly unlimited supply of finances in order to manipulate others. But when many who are steeped in occultism see the true love of Jesus, they will serve Him wholeheartedly like Mary Magdeline who may have even financed much of Jesus' ministry.
While 666 in this age and generation is associated with the imperfection of the earth and people against Christ, I believe in future ages and generations the number 666 will be good. It will be associated with the ultimate purpose and destiny of mankind. It will represent the perfection of man not by his own works, but by his faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Six six six will represent man's righteous authority in the earth, which is his final dwelling place as a physical representation for God the Father in a restored garden of Eden!
July 4, 2016 - UPDATE - Today, over a year after I wrote this newsletter, I happened to read an article by someone who believes that 666 is a good number too! Here is a link to this 666 writing - sonstoglory.com/Jesus/666.htm - This article also references many scholars who believe that the "mark of the beast" number from Rev. 13:18 is really a mistranslation which should read 616. Here is that link - http://www.wnd.com/2005/05/30211/
Gaunt; "The Great Prophetic DESIGN found in Africa - Evidence
of a planned future for Planet Earth." Adventures Unlimited Press;
2009. Page 56
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