I know that many people have problems with the number 666, because in Revelation 13, it is said to be the number of the beast. Rev. 13:16 8 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
Quite frankly, the Dispensationalist of the world have done a remarkable job in taking that number, and scaring that living daylights out of people. I even had one professor at DTS say that it was part of the barcode that is placed on every thing we buy. I guess he wanted us to quit doing commerce in the public sector in order to not sell out to the number of the beast. This is nothing more than theological scare tactics.
Not that I don’t believe in the number of the beast, 666. But I don’t believe that at some time in the future, the government is going to require us to implant computer chips in our hands or our foreheads. That’s nonsense. The number of the beast refers to any time government oversteps its bounds and demands loyalty and worship that belong to God alone. This can refer to Caesar Nero, or Adolf Hitler, or even George Bush if he oversteps his bounds. The number is simply set up against the number of God, which is 7. Those who take on this number of the beast, are bound by it to work eternally and never enter the Sabbath Rest that we are promised in Christ.
Now, this doesn’t mean that I don’t believe there will be more antichrists to come, and don’t believe that there will be an antichrist. There have been since the beginning of time and will continue to be in the future, and there are some now as well. I just don’t believe as the Dispys do that any day now, he will rise up and we will be raptured out of here, leaving behind the world for him to torment for seven years. The number of the beast has always been with us, and will be so until Christ returns in His Second and last coming!
For more on the number of the beast, please read Kim Riddlebargers blog on the issue. He has written and studied extensively on the matter and does an excellent job helping us understand. Click here.
As for our fear of it, yes, we should fear it. But we should fear the Lord all the more. He has the power to kill the antichrist and Satan with one little word. As for me and my house, we will stand with the LORD. I hope you do as well.